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VUMC nurse Kendra Kilgore received a liver transplant as a teenager. Then her teenage daughter needed one, too.

By Jessica Pasley

Kendra's experince helped her daughter Carissa: "I was able to explain to her from a first-hand view what it was like, not as a nurse, but as someone who went through it."

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A story of family and faith: Jennifer received a kidney transplant. The donor was Capri, who is married to Dennis. Jennifer is Dennis’ ex-wife. It’s complicated.

By Matt Batcheldor

The extended family has grown closer as a result of Capri's generosity. She says her faith led her to the decision.

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Janet Darnell received a life-saving lung transplant. Five months later she received life-saving surgery for colon cancer. She calls herself a “walking miracle.”

By Matt Batcheldor

Without the lung transplant, the cancer may never have been detected.

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Multiple sclerosis, lung cancer, and 50 marathons: Aaron Hawkins about to reach amazing milestone

By Jill Clendening

"He has been a blessing and role model for so many," his doctor Jonathan Nesbitt says.

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Hospital staff conspires to help transplant patient plan a surprise proposal – to his wife

By Matt Batcheldor

Love was in the air on the seventh floor of Medical Center East

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Marching in the Tournament of Roses Parade after knee surgery? Check. Carrying a 30-lb. drum set? That, too.

By Emily Stembridge

It was a long journey for Jill Griffin to that iconic New Year’s Day parade, and her surgeon Rick Wright made it possible

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Meredith Watson is pursuing a career as a “professional nose.” Surgery at VUMC sharpened her sense of smell.

By Jill Clendening

"I literally could feel air in parts of my nose where I’d never felt it before.”

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Mary Marlowe decided to donate one of her kidneys. Four people received transplants as a result.

By Matt Batcheldor

“It is amazing to see all the pieces come together from one person’s generosity.”

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Lydia Gross is 100. She just piloted a plane for the first time — and she heard every sound because of her cochlear implants.

By Emily Stembridge

Performing an elective procedure on an older patient initially raised concerns for her doctor, David Haynes — but the results have been a resounding success

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