Patient Testimonials: Transplant Surgery

Elaine had been living a full and active life. It was a complete shock when she learned that she was desperately ill with a failing liver and kidney.  She and her family immediately started looking for help, but because she was so sick, she was turned away from other hospitals. No one was willing to take on the risks that would come with her transplantation. Except for UMass Memorial. We were ready to give Elaine her second chance. 

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"While on dialysis and waiting for my transplant, it was very difficult to find the energy to work full time and take care of my horses. An employee since 1996, I have always trusted UMass Memorial Medical Center for my care. With my medical insight, I felt I had the best care possible. The doctors and nurses were always on top of their game. After my transplant, it's like having a new life! I can get up, feel good, and do whatever I want to do. I can live the kind of life I want to live. I am so grateful for the doctors and nurses at UMass Memorial Medical Center."
Sarah F., Woodstock, CT
Kidney Transplant

"I had end-stage renal failure and was on dialysis for three years. Even before dialysis, I was sick and tired all the time. I couldn't have dinner parties or go out with friends. Then I had my kidney transplant and was in complete awe of how people at UMass Memorial Medical Center mobilized. Everyone was wonderful and treated me so well. The doctors and nurses explained everything to me right from the beginning -- I rarely had to ask a question. When I left, nurses were hugging me goodbye. Thanks to UMass Memorial Medical Center, I am now able to fish and go to my son's baseball games."
Kristina S., Whitinsville, MA
Kidney Transplant

"When my sister needed a kidney transplant, I was so happy to donate a kidney to her. I had promised to be there for her if she ever needed me. When the time came for the transplant, we chose UMass Memorial Medical Center. It was the best decision we could have made. The procedure went so smoothly and the donated kidney worked so well that my sister was released two days earlier than expected! The staff went out of its way to make it the best possible experience for us. I came home with a bag of gifts from my medical team, including a kidney-shaped pillow with notes on it from my surgeon and transplant support team."
Barbara H., Collinsville, VA
Kidney Transplant

"There are not enough words to express my gratitude and thanks to the entire transplant team at UMass Memorial Medical Center. The day I met the team -- all of the nurses and physicians -- I knew I was in good hands. They were all so very warm and friendly. I was anxious and worried about the procedure, but their personal touch helped me relax, which reduced my anxiety and helped me feel more comfortable during the transplant procedure. The UMass Memorial transplant team is the cream of the crop and the best of the best. I love them all."
Lorraine R., Holden, MA
Organ Transplant

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