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.
|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’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|
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.
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|
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.