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Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Patient Stories

At the UPMC Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program, we strive to make a positive difference in each person we treat.

During a stressful time full of decisions and next steps, we hope that the success stories of previous patients will help you focus on the impact that a transplant can have on your quality of life.

Note: These patients' treatment and results may not be representative of all similar cases.

Bob Lee and Kelly Mowry
Bob Lee and Kelly Mowry

Kelly Mowry could not imagine what life would be like without her father, Bob. So, when Bob needed a kidney transplant, Kelly immediately volunteered to be his living donor. After Kelly's life-saving decision, she and her father are both doing great and are now closer than they have ever been.

» Read Bob and Kelly's story.

Kathy and Courtney Bost
Kathy and Courtney Bost

Kathy Bost of Pittsburgh and Courtney Bost of Hershey, Pa. are married to two brothers with polycystic kidney disease, a slowly progressing genetic disease that leads to other life-threatening illnesses.

When their husbands were in need of transplants, Kathy and Courtney wanted to help.

» Read Courtney's story.

» Read Kathy's story.

Jerry Ivory

Jerry Ivory

Jerry Ivory’s kidneys were larger than footballs when surgeons removed them — a result of a genetic illness called polycystic kidney disease. He had to quit work and even had problems breathing.

With his kidneys gone, dialysis was only a short-term solution and no one in his immediate family was able to be a living donor. After more than three years on the kidney transplant waitlist, Steve Fields came into the picture. A mutual friend had previously introduced Jerry and Steve, a postal worker from Oklahoma.

Since the transplant, Jerry can now spend time with his family without extreme fatigue or dialysis. Steve has returned to his normal life — carrying mail eight to 12 miles a day with no problem.

» Read Jerry's story.

John Oesterle and Cathy Bell

John Oesterle and Cathy Bell

As longtime friends, John Oesterle and Cathy Bell share an amazing relationship. In 2014, John learned that he needed a kidney transplant, just six years after receiving a double lung transplant at UPMC Montefiore. When Cathy offered to be his living donor, they found that she was a perfect match. John and Cathy now share more than ever.

» Read John and Cathy's story.

Randy Martini

Randy Martini

After Randy's nephrologist noticed his kidneys were slowly deteriorating, he came to UPMC to undergo kidney transplant evaluation. They found that his son, Nick, was a perfect living-donor kidney match for his father.

» Read Randy's story.

Tammy Merritt and Richard Beatty

Tammy Merritt and Richard Beatty

For Tammy Galiano Merritt, family has always been very important. So, when she learned that her uncle needed a kidney transplant, she immediately volunteered to be his living donor and was overwhelmed at the idea of being able to save the life of someone she loves.

» Read Tammy and Richard's story.

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