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Patient Stories

Craig and Joanne Burton have been married 31 years. Their love is a shining example of what "in sickness and in health" truly means, especially as Craig faced end-stage kidney failure last year after a lifelong battle with Type 1 diabetes. BIDMC transplant surgeons Kristin Raven, MD and Amy Evenson, MD, who performed the surgeries, are featured in this story aired on WCVB-TV. more

Jim Aiello found out he had kidney disease by accident. A life insurance blood test 20 years ago revealed the problem. Several doctors confirmed the diagnosis, but no one could tell Jim what was the cause of his disease or how it would progress. more >>

Thomas DePalma had already been through a lot when he arrived at BIDMC's Transplant Institute. At 79, he had survived a coronary artery bypass, pancreatic cancer and the removal of his pancreas. Thomas had been on dialysis for three years and was hoping to undergo a kidney transplant. It wouldn't be easy convincing his transplant team that he was healthy enough for the operation. more >>

Gerry Fellows' love for art has only grown over the 50 years he's been painting. But he almost had to put down his paintbrush after he suffered a serious fall back in 1967. more >>

James Ferriabough was just a teenager when he went off to fight in Vietnam, but his biggest battle began when he returned home from the war. He turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with constant nightmares and flashbacks. Over the years James kicked his dependence in rehab, but his liver had already suffered too much damage. At age 50, he was told he had Hepatitis C and would need a liver transplant. more >>

Rosario Mula was 76-years old when he came to the BIDMC Transplant Institute in hopes of getting off dialysis. He was afraid he might be too old for a kidney transplant. more >>

 

Contact Information

Transplant Institute
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Lowry Medical Office Building, 7th Floor
110 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02215
617-632-9700