Patient Story

Jennifer’s Story Organ transplant surgeons perform UCLA’s first double lung and liver transplant UCLA's Transplant Program Featured on ABC:Rare double lung and liver transplant saves woman with cystic fibrosis Jennifer Golden, a 19-year-old college student from Las Vegas, got her Christmas gift early this year — a pair of life-saving lungs and a liver at [...]

By uclahealth • March 19, 2012 Life-Saving Kidney Donation - Gaston and Luis’ Story A pair of sisters attracted – national attention in January when Mississippi governor Haley Barbour released them from prison-on condition that one donate a kidney to the other. In early March a variant–of a sort, anyway–played out at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center when [...]

By uclahealth • March 6, 2012

A Red letter Day - Celebrating 5,000th Liver Transplant On September 26, 2010, the UCLA Liver Transplant team performed their 5,000th liver transplantation. This is the most recent achievement of a 26-year journey that has given new life to literally thousands of patients.  The first liver transplant at UCLA was performed on [...]

By uclahealth • October 6, 2010

Two altruistic donors launch rare kidney transplant chains at UCLA One is a Michigan firefighter who wanted to honor the memory of his son, who died at age 24 in a tragic snowmobile accident. The other is an Air Force technical sergeant from Iowa who specializes in intelligence analysis. Besides their [...]

By uclahealth • October 5, 2010

UCLA Medical Center Performs Its First Living Donor Kidney "Swap" UCLA Medical Center on Sept. 20 performed its first living donor kidney "swap," a procedure in which a loved one of a kidney transplant patient who is not compatible as a donor exchanges organs with another incompatible pair under an innovative [...]

By uclahealth • October 4, 2010

Kidney Donor Chain First NY-to-LA living-donor transplant chain results in triple kidney transplant Innovative donor chain performed at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The "donor chain" is an innovative twist on efforts aimed at increasing the donor pool by giving people who are unable to donate to [...]

By uclahealth • October 3, 2010

Penelope’s Story Berlin Heart Ventricular Assist Device Nearly 200 children are awaiting heart transplants in the United States, but many will die before a suitable organ becomes available. Penelope Gordon was among those youngsters facing an uncertain future when she was airlifted to Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA after becoming desperately ill following a visit [...]

By uclahealth • September 12, 2010

Vinnie, Jesus & Roberta's Stories Intestinal / Small Bowel / Liver Transplant In 1984, UCLA was one of a handful of centers in the U.S. that was ready to explore the field of heart transplantation at a time when the technologies and therapies required to support such an innovative program were still being [...]

By uclahealth • April 28, 2010

Brian's Story No Greater Love: Liver Transplant Brian Hinsley is a firefighter-paramedic for the County of Los Angeles Fire Department.  Over eighteen years ago, Brian was diagnosed with a terminal liver disease.  With the relentless support from his wife and his faith, he battled the disease until he received a liver transplant [...]

By uclahealth • April 27, 2010

Leiauna's Story The Precious Gift of Life: An Organ Transplant Eight months into her pregnancy, Leiauna Anderson lost her child, and she almost lost her life as well. It took a liver transplant to save her. When Leiauna's pregnancy ended tragically with the in utero death of her baby, doctors discovered that [...]

By uclahealth • April 26, 2010