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Renal & Pancreatic Transplant
Kidney Transplantation Personal Stories


Co-worker Donates Kidney

Firefighter Is Key to Historic Three-Way Kidney Swap

Valerie Beckford, left, received a kidney from friend and
co-worker Jeanette Martinez, right.












Kidney transplant recipient David Garcia with his surgeon, Lloyd E. Ratner, MD.

Kidney transplant recipient David Garcia with his surgeon, Lloyd E. Ratner, MD. Kidney transplant recipient David Garcia with his surgeon, Lloyd E. Ratner, MD, at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Transplant Celebration in New York City.









Kidney transplant recipients Jonathan and Jason Lugue with their mother,
Mary Grace.

Kidney transplant recipients Jonathan and Jason Luque with their mother, Mary Grace. Jonathan and Jason Lugue with their mother, Mary Grace. The children, who are twins, were born with congenital kidney problems. The boys received kidney transplants at NewYork-Presbyterian/ Columbia in 2007. Jonathan's kidney was donated by his father, Jason, and Jason's by his mother.









Transplant Patient Now an Active Mom

Transplant Patient Now an Active Mom By age 23, Fanny Powers was on dialysis, and dangerously underweight, having dropped to 92 pounds. She underwent a Kidney transplant at NewYork-Presbyterian/ Columbia, and went on to have two healthy babies. Read more.







Firefighter Is Key to Historic Three-Way Kidney Swap

Firefighter Is Key to Historic Three-Way Kidney Swap Kidney swaps enable incompatible donors to give to strangers, in return for a matched kidney that can help their own loved ones or family members. The chain of giving can start with a single altruistic donor. Thirty-nine-year-old Long Island firefighter John McGuinness recently became the lynchpin in a rare three-way kidney swap, performed at NewYork-Presbyterian/ Columbia.


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