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Transplant, multiple.

Posted by @akdwyer, May 15, 2017

So, I’m a type 1 diabetic. And I know several that are in multiple organ failure/issues.
I was wondering how many organs can 1 person receive? I know kidney/pancreas are common.
I would think that it woulkd cause issues because if I understand they have to match, have correct markers… so all the organs would have to come from same. ??

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@akdwyer, I want to welcome you to the Connect community. I am happy that you have joined us and posted this very interesting question. I, honestly, do not know the answer to your question. Maybe one of our members might have some additional information to share with you.

As for myself, I am recipient of 2 organs in a simultaneous transplant. That means I received a liver and kidney in one surgery from one deceased donor. So, yes, they were perfectly matched to each other. I do need antirejection meds as do other recipients.

Are you thinking that you are going to need an organ transplant in the future? Or are you a candidate for multiple organs?
Rosemary

@akdwyer, Welcome to Connect and thanks for your question. We have asked your questions to one of our transplant surgeons. One person can technically receive as many organs as they need, however, multi-organ transplants are rare, particularly those involving heart and lungs, and multi-organ transplants are only performed by a small number of institutions in the country. Mayo Clinic performs multi-organ transplants on patients who require more than one organ. The organs in a multi-organ transplant do not have to all come from one donor, but you are correct, the donor has to be a match to the recipient. In the case of kidney/pancreas transplant, the kidney can come from a living donor and the pancreas comes from a deceased donor. In other multi-organ transplants from deceased donors, only one donor is used for all the organs for a single recipient.
I hope this information helps answer your questions. Have a wonderful day!

@keggebraaten

@akdwyer, Welcome to Connect and thanks for your question. We have asked your questions to one of our transplant surgeons. One person can technically receive as many organs as they need, however, multi-organ transplants are rare, particularly those involving heart and lungs, and multi-organ transplants are only performed by a small number of institutions in the country. Mayo Clinic performs multi-organ transplants on patients who require more than one organ. The organs in a multi-organ transplant do not have to all come from one donor, but you are correct, the donor has to be a match to the recipient. In the case of kidney/pancreas transplant, the kidney can come from a living donor and the pancreas comes from a deceased donor. In other multi-organ transplants from deceased donors, only one donor is used for all the organs for a single recipient.
I hope this information helps answer your questions. Have a wonderful day!

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Thank you for this information. I learned something new! It is amazing what the medical advances are making possible.
Rosemary

I start all my evaluation testing this coming Monday to see if I am a good candidate for a heart and liver transplant

@tonys

I start all my evaluation testing this coming Monday to see if I am a good candidate for a heart and liver transplant

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@tonys, Hi Tony. I want to welcome you. I am very pleased to meet you and I thank you for joining us. It sounds like you are going to be busy next week. I am a liver/kidney recipient, and I will certainly be thinking of you next week. I am imagining that you are getting anxious about the whole thing as well as the outcome. That is absolutely normal.
We are not medical people, so we cannot give any medical diagnosis, but we are here to share our experiences and support each other.
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Are you currently at the hospital or will you be traveling? Have you any idea of how long your evaluations will take?

How can we support you?
Rosemary

@tonys

I start all my evaluation testing this coming Monday to see if I am a good candidate for a heart and liver transplant

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@rosemarya, My family and I currently live in Rochester. We moved here from Indiana in February of this year. I will be driving back and forth to the clinic. Yes, I am starting to get anxious, nervous and kinda scared

@tonys, My husband and I were residents of Rochester, sort of, from late Feb.09 until late May 09 . We were fortunate to live at the Gift of Life House during this time. I always thought that I had great care here at home, and I still do. However, Mayo is in a class by itself. The No.1 ranking speaks loudly!

When I had my evaluation here at home, Kentucky, it was scheduled over 2 full days, because we only had a 45 min drive. My husband had to do all the driving and thinking because I was feeling poorly then. But after I was transferred to Mayo and hospitalized for 2 weeks, the evaluation process was carried out mostly before my hospital discharge. I recall that I was so very impressed with the skill of the technicians who preformed my procedures and tests. It is a smoothly run process. I remember the anxiety of waiting until my doctors told me the results.
I think you will be so busy that you will not have time to be nervous.

My advice: Dress comfortably with easy on/easy off apparel items.

Have you received an appointment guide? And will someone be accompanying you?
Is your evaluation over several days?

Wishing you strength and good results,
Rosemary

@rosemarya

@tonys, My husband and I were residents of Rochester, sort of, from late Feb.09 until late May 09 . We were fortunate to live at the Gift of Life House during this time. I always thought that I had great care here at home, and I still do. However, Mayo is in a class by itself. The No.1 ranking speaks loudly!

When I had my evaluation here at home, Kentucky, it was scheduled over 2 full days, because we only had a 45 min drive. My husband had to do all the driving and thinking because I was feeling poorly then. But after I was transferred to Mayo and hospitalized for 2 weeks, the evaluation process was carried out mostly before my hospital discharge. I recall that I was so very impressed with the skill of the technicians who preformed my procedures and tests. It is a smoothly run process. I remember the anxiety of waiting until my doctors told me the results.
I think you will be so busy that you will not have time to be nervous.

My advice: Dress comfortably with easy on/easy off apparel items.

Have you received an appointment guide? And will someone be accompanying you?
Is your evaluation over several days?

Wishing you strength and good results,
Rosemary

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@rosemarya, Yes I have a list of all of my appointments. They go from this coming Monday to the following Tuesday. My parents are coming up for all my test. I will have 2 caretakers with me during my test. My wife and my dad. My mom is staying at our apartment to watch our 11 year old. My daughter gets very bored easily!

@rosemarya

@tonys, My husband and I were residents of Rochester, sort of, from late Feb.09 until late May 09 . We were fortunate to live at the Gift of Life House during this time. I always thought that I had great care here at home, and I still do. However, Mayo is in a class by itself. The No.1 ranking speaks loudly!

When I had my evaluation here at home, Kentucky, it was scheduled over 2 full days, because we only had a 45 min drive. My husband had to do all the driving and thinking because I was feeling poorly then. But after I was transferred to Mayo and hospitalized for 2 weeks, the evaluation process was carried out mostly before my hospital discharge. I recall that I was so very impressed with the skill of the technicians who preformed my procedures and tests. It is a smoothly run process. I remember the anxiety of waiting until my doctors told me the results.
I think you will be so busy that you will not have time to be nervous.

My advice: Dress comfortably with easy on/easy off apparel items.

Have you received an appointment guide? And will someone be accompanying you?
Is your evaluation over several days?

Wishing you strength and good results,
Rosemary

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Hi @tonys, I came across this article about a woman who received a heart/Liver transplant at Mayo Clinic. And I want to share it with you.
http://mayocl.in/2tOngW6
I like stories with good endings!
Rosemary

@rosemarya

@tonys, My husband and I were residents of Rochester, sort of, from late Feb.09 until late May 09 . We were fortunate to live at the Gift of Life House during this time. I always thought that I had great care here at home, and I still do. However, Mayo is in a class by itself. The No.1 ranking speaks loudly!

When I had my evaluation here at home, Kentucky, it was scheduled over 2 full days, because we only had a 45 min drive. My husband had to do all the driving and thinking because I was feeling poorly then. But after I was transferred to Mayo and hospitalized for 2 weeks, the evaluation process was carried out mostly before my hospital discharge. I recall that I was so very impressed with the skill of the technicians who preformed my procedures and tests. It is a smoothly run process. I remember the anxiety of waiting until my doctors told me the results.
I think you will be so busy that you will not have time to be nervous.

My advice: Dress comfortably with easy on/easy off apparel items.

Have you received an appointment guide? And will someone be accompanying you?
Is your evaluation over several days?

Wishing you strength and good results,
Rosemary

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@rosemarya Thank you so much!

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