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VUMC in the Community

Grateful kidney transplant patient donates masks to VUMC

By Jessica Pasley

“I was really excited to have the opportunity to do something for those who had done so much for me."

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Patient Spotlight

Heart to heart

By Matt Batcheldor

This teacher got a life-saving heart transplant. So did her student. What are the odds?

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Patient Spotlight

Randy Hatch has dedicated his life to teaching and coaching at-risk young people. After his lifesaving liver transplant, they lined the halls to welcome him back.

By Matt Batcheldor

His beloved Carroll Academy Jaguars and Lady Jaguars honor him with a message on their shirts: "Donate Life."

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Patient Spotlight

Richard Hosner knew he needed a liver transplant. It turned out he needed a kidney, too. On one amazing day, he received both.

By Matt Batcheldor

The pair of complex surgeries took 13 hours. When he woke up, he felt like a new person. Since 2011, there have been 38 liver-kidney transplants at VUMC, helping establish Vanderbilt as one of the leading sites in the country for multiple-organ transplants.

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Patient Spotlight

Madalyn Durbin’s dad just had a double lung transplant; surely there was no way he could make it to her wedding.

By Matt Batcheldor

Never underestimate a father’s determination to be there for his daughter. As Madalyn started down the aisle, Terry stepped out and took her hand.

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Patient Spotlight

Her dad needed a kidney; hers didn’t match. But through paired donation, her dad got a kidney and so did another person in need.

By Matt Batcheldor

Her blood type was B and his was A. So they went to Plan B.

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Employee Spotlight

Stephanie Hays’ own body destroyed her kidneys. Luckily, her daughter had a spare.

By Matt Batcheldor

The operation was a success; Roni’s kidney began functioning in her mom right away. “Now she’s stuck with me forever,” Roni joked.

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Patient Spotlight

Tricia Burgess thought she had seasonal allergies. She actually needed a heart transplant.

By Matt Batcheldor

“I didn’t even know I was sick. I’m thankful that Vanderbilt saved my life.”

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Patient Spotlight

Kristie Kuzy decided to donate a kidney to a stranger. Her generosity initiated the first three-recipient kidney transplant chain in the history of Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

By Matt Batcheldor

The amazing and improbable story of how it all fell into place

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