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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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New hope for hepatitis C patients

Categories: Infections  /  News  /  Research

Liver damage from hepatitis C is the No. 1 reason for liver transplants at University Hospital and across the country. But that may change in the wake of a new study involving San Antonio patients. The study showed an experimental combination of drugs effectively cured the infection in more than 90 percent of patients with cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver. The drug combination used in the study did not include interferon — a powerful drug currently used for hepatitis C that can have serious side effects, and often can’t be tolerated in patients with cirrhosis. “These results will change …Read More >

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Giving the gift of life

Categories: Blog

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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