Category Archives: transplant

Baby King needs a bone marrow donor. Can you help?

King Nazir Leon, age 2, has CD40 Ligand deficiency, a rare disease that affects his immune system and is life-threatening. He has monthly, day-long treatments at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse. His mother, Denisha DeLee, is vigilant about … Continue reading

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New transplant surgery chief plans pancreas, islet transplants

Upstate’s new transplant surgery chief, Rainer Gruessner, MD, is accepting patients for pancreas transplants he expects to offer in the near future. Already, Upstate University Hospital is known for kidney transplant expertise, and Gruessner says a good number of people … Continue reading

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Grateful patient gives back in honor of her ‘new life’ after transplant

When she was 22, Michelle Mastropolo learned she had polycystic kidney disease, an incurable genetic disease that took the lives of her mother and then her brother. Thirty years later, in early 2014, she was diagnosed with end-stage kidney failure. … Continue reading

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Up Close: A quick look at bone marrow transplant

Upstate’s Bone Marrow Transplant Program treats patients whose bone marrow has been damaged or destroyed by chemotherapy, radiation or certain cancers or anemias. Marrow, the soft tissue inside bones, is home to most of the immature stem cells that will … Continue reading

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She was willing to donate bone marrow to a stranger. Are you?

Elizabeth Filkins of Antwerp was inspired to join the National Marrow Donor database because a friend of a friend was battling cancer. She joined Be The Match in 2010, pledging to donate her bone marrow or stem cells to help … Continue reading

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Heart recipient’s persistence leads to emotional meeting with donor’s mother

Vicky Brannon’s 14-year-old son, Matthew John McIntyre II, was killed in what police called an accidental shooting in July 1996 across the street from the family’s home in Fulton. She agreed to donate his heart, liver, pancreas and kidneys. More … Continue reading

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Sneak peek of fall 2014 ‘Upstate Health’

Coming soon to waiting rooms throughout the Upstate campus is the fall issue of Upstate Health magazine. The cover features living donor transplant coordinator Ellen Havens with a man who donated his healthy kidney to his father. Click on the … Continue reading

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Would you give a kidney to a stranger?

He was about to turn 30 and feeling blessed. He had a great family, a solid support system, and he had found a way to help someone. A woman at the man’s church had severe kidney disease and was on … Continue reading

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A life-saving gesture: Son donates kidney to father

Brandon Hudson acts like it was nothing. His father, Timothy Hudson sometimes has to pause. The 56-year-old Syracuse man is rendered speechless, overwhelmed by emotion, when he recalls how Brandon donated to him one of his healthy kidneys. “I was … Continue reading

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Upstate Answers: How soon will stem cells treat orthopedic injuries?

Q (from reader, Sally White of Syracuse) Studies are underway in other countries, and a couple in the United States using a product that helps with regenerating one’s injured knee. The procedure uses both your own stem cells and umbilical stem … Continue reading

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