Patient Stories from the McGowan Institute

Erika Haas

When Erika Haas got sick, she didn't imagine that she'd become a pioneer in regenerative medicine.

"I thought I had bronchitis, because the girl next to me had it," says the 30-year-old. She was partly right. It was a virus. But it was hitting her body much harder than her classmate's: It was causing her heart to fail.

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Liko the Dolphin

Liko the dolphin suffered a serious injury to the base of his dorsal fin, that tell-tale wedge you see cutting through the water as dolphins swim offshore. Fearing that Liko would lose his dorsal fin to further injury or infection, Dolphin Quest Hawaii asked UPMC researcher Stephen Badylak for help.

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