Kidney transplantation is one treatment option for kidney failure. A kidney transplant is a surgical operation in which a person whose own kidneys have failed receives a new kidney to take over the work of cleaning the blood.
Many patients feel a successful kidney transplant provides a better quality of life because it allows for greater freedom, is often associated with increased energy levels, and has a less restrictive diet.
Top 10 Things to Know about Kidney Transplants
City: Crest Hill, IL
Date of transplant: Dec. 21, 2006
Who was your donor? A young lady named Amanda; she tragically lost her life at an early age but knew she wanted to be and organ/tissue donor.
What was your original diagnosis? Glomerulonephritis
What was it like getting a kidney transplant? The thought of a kidney transplant was frightening at first. But from the moment I arrived on the transplant floor for surgery, I knew everything would be okay. This peace of mind was given to me by the nursing staff, their support staff, as well as my doctors and surgeons during pre-op preparations.
How has your transplant affected your life? I was born again, and we celebrate my gift of life and new birthday every December 21. This was my second chance at life, and, not taking anything for granted, I try to give back whenever and where ever I can, encouraging organ/tissue donation because I strongly believe that what you give lives on.
City: Champaign, IL
Date of transplant: Nov. 18, 2011
Who was your donor? An unrelated six year old who had passed away.
What was your original diagnosis? Wildly unchecked high blood pressure
What was it like getting a kidney transplant? Extraordinary. Amazing. Emotional. Transformational. Humbling. Spiritual. It's the kind of event that literally divides your life in half: BT ("Before Transplant") and AT ("After Transplant"). To be freed from dialysis, the ability to lead a relatively "normal" life again, the realization that transplantation has been a viable surgical procedure only since the 1950s – it all makes you appreciate how fortunate and blessed we are to be living in these phenomenal times.
How has your transplant affected your life? How hasn’t it changed my life? It has […] made me a vigorous advocate for ESRD patients and organ donation and prompted me to join several patient advisory committees throughout the Midwest […]. It also has given me significantly more energy and stamina, improved my overall quality of life and deepened my spiritual journey. Because I believe a successful kidney transplant is nothing short of a miracle!
City: Chicago, South Loop
Date of your transplant: 1989 (from a deceased donor) and 2005 (from a living donor)
Who was your donor? My living donor was my younger sister, Paula Simmons. She has six wonderful kids!
Original diagnosis that caused your ESRD: Polycystic kidney disease
What was it like getting a kidney transplant? After my transplant I felt like I was walking on air. I felt lighter and had much more energy! It was only after the transplant that I realized how sick I was before.
How has your transplant affected your life? Having been given the gift of a new life, I am more at peace, more content just to enjoy the small things: dinner with friends, a good day at work, a text from my daughter. Also, I tend not to put off things I want to do!
Transplant Centers in Illinois
Advocate Christ Medical Center
4440 West 95th Street, Oak Lawn, IL 60453
advocatehealth.com | (708) 684-7100
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Siragusa Transplantation Center
225 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
luriechildrens.org | (312) 227-4000
Loyola University Medical Center
2160 South 1st Avenue, Maywood, IL 60153
loyolamedicine.org | (888) 584-7888
Memorial Medical Center
The Alan G. Birtch, MD, Center for Transplant Services
701 North 1st Street, Springfield, IL 62781
memorialmedical.com | (217) 788-3000
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
The Kovler Organ Transplantation Center
201 East Huron Street #12-105, Chicago, IL 60611
nmh.com | (312) 926-3627
OSF Saint Francis Hospital
530 Northeast Glen Oak Avenue, Peoria, IL 61637
osfsaintfrancis.org | (309) 655-2000
Rush University Medical Center
1653 West Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL 60612
rush.edu | (312) 942-5000
The University of Chicago Medical Center
5841 South Maryland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637
uchospitals.edu | (773) 702-1000
University Of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System
1855 West Taylor Street, Suite 1077, Chicago, IL 60612
uillinois.edu | (312) 996-8330
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