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KSDK-TV reports on Fostaire Helicopters, which recently transported a donor heart that would save the life of Fostaire owner Arlene Thomas.
Washington University surgeons performed the first combined heart-kidney transplant at Barnes-Jewish Hospital June 2 and 3 on Jonathan Sadowski, 20, of O’Fallon, MO. The transplant offers hope for other area patients suffering from both heart and kidney failure.
Linda Qualls received a donor kidney from her daughter Michala in April, ending years of dialysis treatments.
Kidney donors are likely to live as long as non-donors, research shows.
Barnes-Jewish Hospital has increased the volume of combined kidney-pancreas transplants performed by 80 percent in 2009.
Annette Weber, 48, of St. Louis, got a kidney/pancreas transplant in 1989. Twenty years later, the organs, and Annette are going strong.
Toni Brookhouse needed to have a healthy kidney removed because of complications from a previous surgery. Rather than discard a healthy organ, she chose to donate it to a complete stranger in Maryland.
A kideny transplant inspires Ron Pestka to dedicate himself to helping others waiting for a transplant at Barnes-Jewish.