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Headshot of Wanda Tunnell
February 19, 2024

Wanda Tunnell pays it forward by supporting other lung transplant patients

“I know more about lungs than I ever wanted to,” said Wanda Tunnell, 65. The Tuscaloosa, Ala., resident’s double lung transplant in May 2021 was the culmination of a long journey of unanswered questions and terrifying episodes of breathing trouble.
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Brooke Miley Lillie and Adam Lillie holding their daughter Lauren Lillie
February 7, 2024

Remarkable heart and kidney transplant patient overcomes odds to give birth at UAB Hospital

In August of 1995, the Miley family found themselves in a hospital room celebrating the arrival of their newest addition, a baby girl named Brooke. A year later, the family was back in the hospital for a different reason. Brooke had restrictive cardiomyopathy, a life-threatening condition that the hospital could not treat. The Mississippi family […]
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Researchers establish optimal immunosuppression for pig-to-human kidney xenotransplants
January 25, 2024

Study: UAB researchers establish optimal immunosuppression regimen for pig-to-human kidney transplants

Currently used Food and Drug Administration-approved transplant drugs — with the addition of an also already FDA-approved complement inhibitor — are the optimal immunosuppression regimen for pig-to-human kidney transplants, according to a landmark discovery by University of Alabama at Birmingham investigators. The peer-reviewed research is published today in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
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Tabitha Derryberry
November 4, 2023

Liver-kidney transplant helped Tabitha Derryberry overcome years of medical issues

Tabitha Derryberry, 49, is no stranger to chronic medical conditions. She has lupus, an inflammatory disease in which the immune system attacks joints, organs, and the skin. And when she was 35, Derryberry learned that her kidneys were failing due to having Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that attacks the body’s cells.
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Frank Reeves
November 4, 2023

Recipient Frank Reeves now serves as an ambassador for kidney transplantation

Frank Reeves says he has two birthdays. The first was the day he was born 62 years ago, and the second was May 12, 1998 – the day he received his kidney transplant. Reeves’ difficult path to that second birthday began when he was 35 and serving as a police officer in Dothan, Ala.
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Damion Jones
November 3, 2023

The beat goes on for heart transplant recipient Damion Jones

Damion Jones, 31, was at work when he felt the pain in his stomach. He knew that something wasn’t right, but neither he nor his employer’s onsite clinic could pinpoint what was wrong. Next came shortness of breath. “I couldn’t walk up the hill at work without getting winded,” Jones said. “And I couldn’t get rid of my cough.” So began the odyssey that eventually brought Jones to UAB’s Comprehensive Transplant Institute (CTI).
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Headshot of Mary Beth Templin
November 3, 2023

Nearly 20 years since a double lung transplant, patient is beating the odds

Mary Beth Helms Templin had a lifetime of challenges with her lungs, starting with being diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at just three months old. Those challenges paled in comparison to Templin’s experience as a young adult, which ultimately led her to the UAB Comprehensive Transplant Institute to receive a double lung transplant.
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Headshot of Cliff Booth
November 2, 2023

Living kidney donor Clifton Booth sheds light on his gift of life

Clifton Booth had long considered becoming a living kidney donor, but he wasn’t sure it was the right course of action for him. Then, in fall 2017, he encountered an acquaintance who had been a donor and encouraged Booth to consider it.
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Ashley Nichols standing in front of the University Hospital sign for the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Clinic
November 2, 2023

Ashley Nichols has a heart of gratitude for her rare kidney-pancreas transplant

Ashley Nichols, 32, shares her journey from managing her type 1 diabetes to navigating her rare kidney-pancreas transplant with the UAB Comprehensive Transplant Institute care team.
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DeAnthonis Kelly
November 1, 2023

For DeAnthonis Kelly, it was a long and winding road to a heart-lung transplant

DeAnthonis Kelly’s world started to unravel when he came down with pneumonia in 2019 and got worse when he caught COVID-19 in 2020. Even after he recovered, Kelly found himself out of breath when he walked from the parking lot to his workstation at a steel plant.
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Amanda and Adam Chapman hugging
November 1, 2023

Amanda and Adam Chapman: a love story with a twist

Amanda knew that Adam had Goodpasture syndrome, a rare autoimmune disorder that causes the body to make antibodies that attack the lungs and kidneys. “When I turned 18, Adam got really sick and was in and out of the hospital a lot,” Amanda recalled. “Ultimately, we were told that he needed a kidney transplant.”
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Nikara McNeely, Eye Donation recipient
October 31, 2023

The Long-Term Positive Impact of Eye Donation

Nikara McNeely woke up one morning and couldn’t see. Everything was blurry. Normally when she woke up with blurry vision, it would clear up quickly. But something was very different this time, and Nikara was scared.
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