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Pancreas recipients overjoyed at prospect of life without diabetes

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

For the first time in their lives, Patrick Nolan, 52 (at left in photo), and Harry Tynan, 39 (at right), are doing what most people take for granted: living without having to constantly check their blood sugar or inject insulin. Each man was diagnosed as a child with Type 1 diabetes and has spent his life dealing with the disease and the kidney damage it can cause. Each man has also received a kidney transplant, and each recently received a transplanted pancreas at Upstate, in effect curing their diabetes. “I’m reliving my youth again. … I just wake up and go, ‘Wow!’“ says Nolan of Syracuse. “It’s a complete change just to look forward and not have to do injections,” notes Tynan of Oswego. “I’m ready to pick up the insulin pen, and I don’t have to.”

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Pancreas transplants could help diabetics

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Upstate‘s new transplant division chief discusses how pancreas transplants would benefit some people with diabetes. Rainer Gruessner, MD, explains that a new pancreas can provide a person with a normal blood sugar level and halt the development of diabetic complications, such as kidney failure. “It’s life saving, but it’s also life enhancing,” he says of the operation. And, improvements in immunosuppressant medications make pancreas transplants an option for more people.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: December 6, 2015

Friday, December 4th, 2015

December 6, 2015

radio showPhysical therapist Patrick VanBeveren talks about lifelong brain health. Transplant surgeon Rainer Gruessner, MD, discusses kidney and pancreas transplant options. Pediatricians Travis Hobart, MD, and Joseph Nimeh, MD, explain how food relates to social justice and nutrition.

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New transplant surgeon performs kidney, pancreas surgeries

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Upstate‘s new transplant surgery chief, Rainer Gruessner, MD, talks about current kidney transplant options and the various types of pancreas transplants he plans to offer to adults and children. He says a good number of people who need a kidney would also benefit from a new pancreas.

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Local organ recipient honored to ride on ‘Donate Life Float’ in Rose Parade

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Sue SpragueSusan Sprague received a kidney-pancreas transplant at Upstate in 1997 that saved her life. She was chosen to ride on the Donate Life Float in the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, and talks about her deep gratitude to her own organ donor, and what it means to be able to highlight the critical need for organ donors locally and nationally.  rose parade

 

 

The Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network

Syracuse organ recipient will be on “Donate Life” float in Rose Parade, The Syracuse Post Standard

 

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