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From Nurse to Patient
The combined heart/liver transplant on April 8, 2011, was the first performed by Washington University surgeons at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. It was symbolic of the transplant program’s long tradition of innovative care, especially for patients with limited treatment options.
A Tale of Two Kidneys
Ken Crowder was on the waiting list for a kidney transplant at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Only 33, he had already been on dialysis for more than a year. His fiancée, Rebecca Burkes, a dialysis nurse who knew the toll of dialysis treatment on the patient’s body, was willing to donate her kidney to Crowder. But their blood types were not a match, so she couldn’t donate to him.
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