Transplant

Moving Forward

March 4, 2019

Moving Forward

By uclahealth uclahealth

“It all started with a cough,” says Carlos Garcia, who came to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on the recommendation of his cardiologist in 2009. “They told me my heart was very weak and starting to stop. I had a pacemaker put in in 2012, but I still would need a heart transplant. I was […]

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Tags: cardiologist, cough, featured, heart transplant, pacemaker, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center


A Whole New Person

March 4, 2019

A Whole New Person

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I never thought I would be able to ride dirt bikes or BMX again,” says 22-year-old Casey Child, who came in to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center thinking he had the flu. “I was diagnosed with giant cell myocarditis, which is a rare autoimmune disease. I was on the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine for […]

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Tags: autoimmune disease, ECMO, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, featured, giant cell myocarditis, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, surgery, transplant, transplant surgery, ventricular assist devices


UCLA Pediatric Heart Surgery Team Innovates Superior Care

February 28, 2019

UCLA Pediatric Heart Surgery Team Innovates Superior Care

By uclahealth uclahealth

There was a time Glen Van Arsdell, MD, director of pediatric cardiac surgery at UCLA Health, wanted to be a fireman or a chicken farmer. Those were unusual choices for a boy who spent his formative years in Thailand with parents who were medical missionaries. His father, a surgeon by training, provided his patients with […]

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Tags: cardiologist, Children's Heart Center, congenital heart disease, featured, Glen Van Arsdell MD, Heart Month, pediatric cardiology


25 year celebration

January 9, 2019

25 year celebration

By Mike O michelleodwwjd

Thank you Dr Busuttil and the UCLA Liver Transplant Team! Celebrating 25 years today!

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Tags: Dr. Ronald Busuttil, featured, liver transplant, patient stories


January 2, 2019

Triple Transplant, Triple Kidneys

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I have three kidneys,” says Wayne Darrington, a heart, lung and kidney transplant patient from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “I feel so grateful and blessed to be alive and thriving. I had amyloidosis (a buildup of amyloid proteins in organs), which affects about 50,000 people worldwide. In my case it started attacking my lungs […]

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Tags: amyloidosis, congestive heart failure, featured, heart transplant, kidney transplant, lung transplant, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center


Human Being at UCLA Health

January 2, 2019

Human Being at UCLA Health

By uclahealth uclahealth

“Having heart disease is not easy, and finding out the only cure is a heart transplant is really difficult,” says 24-year-old Iris Franco, who received a heart transplant at 16 years old at UCLA Health. “My younger sister became ill when she was 10 years old. They discovered she suffered from restrictive cardiomyopathy, and they […]

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Tags: featured, heart disease, heart transplant, restrictive cardiomyopathy


December 21, 2018

Decade of Maturation

By MattWF restorer

As a junior in college, I was diagnosed with full kidney failure in 2007, and went on peritoneal dialysis in 2008 (my first choice). After a major peritonitis in 2010, I had to transfer to in-center hemodialysis. After transferring clinics a few times and moving, I was offered home hemodialysis with NxStage, with was much […]

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Tags: donor kidney, home hemodialysis, hyperparathyroidism, in-center hemodialysis, kidney failure, parathyroid hormone levels, parathyroidectomy, patient stories, peritoneal dialysis, peritonitis, surgery


December 17, 2018

Heart, lung transplant recipients and families gather to celebrate gift of life

By Amy Albin amyalbin

Sean Keoni Craig never could have imagined he would be a guest at the UCLA Heart and Lung Transplant holiday party held in early December. After all, it was only in September that the Hawaii resident traveled to California to celebrate his 52nd birthday at Disneyland. Before he made it to the amusement park, however, […]

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Tags: Dr. Abbas Ardehali, Dr. Joseph Lynch III, heart and lung transplantation, heart transplant, lung transplant, organ donor


Coming up to my 1 year Birthday for my new lungs.

August 16, 2018

Coming up to my 1 year Birthday for my new lungs.

By 4Pritch cinefanman

In Oct. of 2017, I had a dual lung transplant at UCLA/ Ronald Reagen Medical Center

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Tags: dual lung transplant, featured, ICU, lung transplant, patient stories, pulmonologist, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, support group


August 15, 2018

Glad I was referred to Dr. Livhits

By Lulu mlulubaby01

In 2009 I was told I had hyperthyroidism and began taking meds. Then in December 2011 I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. By March 2012 I was in remission. I had heart palpitations and tremors but nothing was offered to me but medications. In January 2016 I was told I had acute myloid leukemia. I […]

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Tags: acute myloid leukemia, Anxiety, bone marrow transplant, cancer, Dr. Ines Donangelo, Dr. Masha Livhits, endocrinology, goiter, heart palpitations, hyperthyroidism, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, patient stories