In 2011, Bruce Smith sat in his office preparing to make handouts for a meeting, like any other normal work day. But when he sat in front of his computer, he suddenly realized something frightening: He'd lost all understanding of how to use the machine. Bewildered at the sudden lapse in cognition, he said his ...more
For patients with kidney disease who want to live a life free of dialysis, kidney transplantation is the best option.
Donor kidneys come from two sources. The first source is from deceased donors, or individuals who have passed away but still have viable, healthy organs. Unfortunately, the need for deceased-donor kidneys is far greater than the ...more
Nearly 1,000 Kentuckians are currently waiting for a life-saving organ donation. April is National Donate Life Month, and the perfect time to think about becoming an organ donor. If you're interested in becoming an organ donor, but not sure exactly what it entails, check out our frequently asked questions below.
How many people are waiting for ...more
He pushed through a failing heart for a decade, determined to avoid undergoing a transplant. But in the past year, 49-year-old Conrad Webster knew his time was almost up.
The stoic Louisville resident and Operation Desert Storm veteran, who was used to showing no weaknesses, was ready to seek serious help.
“I was getting scared because I ...more
On April 2, 1991, Dr. Michael Sekela performed the first heart transplant in the University of Kentucky’s history.
It’s been 25 years since that first operation, and we’ve been saving lives through heart transplantation ever since. In fact, we now do more than 40 heart transplants each year, and in 2015 we set a single-year record ...more