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Jose Maya (left) and Santiago Mejia are owners of the Cafe Maya restaurant on San Antonio’s west side. The two men participated in a living kidney donor exchange at University Health System’s Transplant Center.

How transplant patients are getting organs sooner and living longer

Categories: Surgery  /  Transplants

They wanted to donate kidneys to their loved ones, but didn’t match. So they joined a paired organ exchange. When Jose Maya’s husband Santiago Mejia needed a kidney transplant to survive, Maya didn’t hesitate. He offered to donate one of his own kidneys, knowing he could live with just one. The bad news: through blood and tissue tests, Maya learned he was not a match. The good news: Mejia’s medical team at University Health System’s Transplant Center said there was another option besides possibly spending years on the kidney wait list. Maya, 27, and Mejia, 45, could join a group …Read More >

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Your heart and kidneys – closer than you think

Categories: Diabetes  /  Heart Health

Your body’s organ systems don’t function in silos, and Dr. Anand Prasad doesn’t think your healthcare should, either. Imagine you are looking inside the human body. It’s easy to identify the big, separate organs: there’s the heart, up in the chest, pumping away at its job of distributing blood throughout the system; look a little lower down toward the back and you’ll find the kidneys, the bean-shaped objects busily filtering the blood as it moves. One moves it, one cleans it. They need each other. It’s a relationship. And it’s complicated. “Kidney disease itself is a risk factor for heart …Read More >

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Diego Smith, 15 is undergoing dialysis at University Hospital while waiting for a kidney transplant

When a kid needs a kidney — again

Categories: Transplants

When a child suffers from kidney failure, he or she is placed on the transplant list to locate a suitable donor organ. Family and friends often step forward to be tested as living donors, to speed up that search. But sometimes — especially if they’ve had an earlier transplant that failed after a few years — finding a match becomes a lot harder. Meet Jack Buller, age 9; Diego Smith, 15; and Angelica Cantu, 18. All have had a kidney transplant at some point in their young lives that later failed. To survive, all are undergoing dialysis treatment — an artificial process …Read More >

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Judge Benton Eskew smiles with the Leland family

A new kidney and a new life

Categories: Children's Health  /  News  /  Transplants

Last fall, University Health System sent out an urgent public plea for someone with a big heart to step forward and donate a kidney to 5-year-old Leland — a child in foster care who had been on dialysis most of his life. Leland has never been able to swim or eat certain foods, like cheese sticks and oranges. His plan, “when I get my kidney,” was to go to a water park and hit the slide. But he was nearing the end of his body’s ability to undergo life-saving dialysis treatments. When the call went out in November, more than …Read More >

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A wish come true

Categories: Children's Health  /  News  /  Surgery  /  Transplants

You might remember when we introduced you to Matthew Parker, a 6-year-old who has suffered from kidney disease for most of his young life. The other interesting thing about Matthew? He’s a triplet, inseparable from brothers Mark and Samuel. When Matthew’s kidneys stopped working altogether, he was placed on dialysis — a process that artificially does the work of kidneys by filtering the blood of toxins. Doctors at University Transplant Center also placed him on the transplant list. He got his new kidney at the age of 2. Unfortunately, Matthew’s body began rejecting the new kidney after a couple of years. …Read More >

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Three little boys wear matching striped shirts as they hold hands and run forward

A special Christmas wish for Matthew

Categories: Children's Health  /  News  /  Surgery  /  Transplants

Like most kids, 6-year-old Matthew Parker has a wish list for Santa. His family, however, has a wish for Matthew — a little boy who has struggled with a serious medical condition for most of his young life. “Matthew already wrote Santa a really nice letter,” his mother, Lisa Parker, said. “He spent quite a bit of time writing everything out himself. Matthew knows the toys will come from Santa Claus, and that a new kidney will come from someone special.” Matthew’s kidneys began to fail when he was just three weeks of age. It was the second bit of life-altering …Read More >

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Giving the gift of life

Categories: Transplants

April is National Donate Life Month. At University Health System, we work daily to raise awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation. This month, we’re doing even more — both to encourage people to consider becoming donors, and to honor the many who have given the gift of life to our patients over the years. University Hospital has had a long and important role in organ transplantation. Our hospital performed its first organ transplant in 1968, the year it opened its doors. A 39-year-old woman named Joan Wish received new kidneys here and went on to live another …Read More >

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