CATEGORY: Transplants

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This man wanted to know: Whose heart saved my life?

Ken Davis wanted to know whose heart was beating inside his chest. He was grateful to the Tampa General Hospital team that performed his heart transplant operation, and deeply thankful to the...
Patient with family member by their bedside.

How this doctor saved a life – with her own kidney

 A doctor asked her office manager how she was feeling one day – and never imagined this simple question might save a life. But the question set a series of events in motion. And before long...
Ann McCracken liver transplant recipient

Ann's turn to triumph: Liver transplant saves a nurse'...

The tables turned on Ann McCracken early last year. For most of her life, the 58-year-old Tampa resident cared for others, both as a mother and a nurse. But the chronic disease that had slowly...
Evan and Avery

Cups of kindness: why Avery’s lemonade stand is THE cool place...

Avery Ranieri isn’t just a kid with a lemonade stand. She’s a 9-year-old on a mission. Avery wants to help other children like her little brother, Evan Ranieri, who was born with kidney disease...
Female transplant patient taking a selfie with a female physician

Transplant patients return to say thank you

Six months after his kidney transplant, Michael Haggard and his wife Bekki made the journey from Miami to Tampa just to say four words: “Thank you for everything.” Shay Manning, who was one of...
Press conference for 500th lung transplant

Florida woman feels "awesome" after TGH's 500th...

Until last month, Jeanette Ebaugh was tethered to an oxygen tank, confined to her Port St. Lucie home. An incurable lung disease scarred her lungs, making it difficult to breathe. But last month,...
Frank Spurlin

30 Years Later, a Heart Still Beating

Cardiologist Dr. Mark Weston narrated as he guided a catheter through the arteries of his patient, Glen Frank Spurlin. “Now we’re going to look at the left artery,” he told Spurlin. If both...
Edward Mosconi

After 11 years on oxygen, a second chance.

Edward Mosconi, 68, became Tampa General’s 400th lung transplant patient when he received a double lung transplant in August 2014. See the video of Edward Mosconi.
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