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Stem cell recipient and donor meet in person for first time

Feb. 6, 2020—Josh Ferris was sitting in a hunting blind on Nov. 15, 2018, the first day of deer season in Michigan and the one-year anniversary of his stem cell donation, when he received an email from Todd Adams of Nashville, the recipient of his life-saving gift.

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VUMC reaches milestone 6,000th kidney transplant

Oct. 30, 2019—The Vanderbilt Transplant Center recently celebrated its 6,000th kidney transplant.

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VUMC performs its first transplant using rehabilitated lungs

Aug. 1, 2019—For the first time at Vanderbilt, doctors have performed a transplantation with donated lungs that were rehabilitated using a procedure called ex vivo lung perfusion.

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Rehab technique may boost supply of donor lungs

May. 9, 2019—A new regeneration technique could potentionally add to a limited supply of donor organs for an increasing population with end-stage lung disease.

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Kidney transplant patient, brother share 40-year journey

May. 8, 2019—In 1979, Patsy Williams and her brother, Barry Ford, made a decision that has given her many more years of life. Ford gave Williams his kidney at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. They recently gathered for a luncheon to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Williams' transplant, along with dozens of their closest friends and family. She is thought to have lived longer with her transplant than anyone else who received one at Vanderbilt.

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Flag-raising ceremony honors gift of organ donation

Apr. 25, 2019—Eighty individuals donated the gift of their organs at Vanderbilt University Medical Center last year, more than any other hospital in the nation, and they and their families were saluted on April 16 at the 10th annual Donate Life Flag-Raising Ceremony.

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Family’s journey an inspiration for organ donation awareness

Apr. 11, 2019—Heroes come in all sizes, and Mikayla Honeycutt was a small but mighty one. Born with a congenital brain condition called Dandy-Walker Syndrome, she had too much fluid in her brain.

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New sculpture honors organ donors, families

Feb. 21, 2019—Vanderbilt University Medical Center employees and guests gathered in the sixth floor atrium of the Critical Care Tower on Feb. 14 to dedicate “The Gift of Life,” a metal sculpture memorializing the final, selfless act of VUMC’s organ donors and their families.

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My Southern Health: The importance of organ donation—a young mother’s story

Dec. 18, 2017—Ashleigh-Anne Hughes’ inspiring organ donation story, and how her transplant led her to a life of advocacy work.

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Event honors all who are involved in organ donation

Apr. 13, 2017—The white nylon flag unfurled every year during the annual Donate Life Flag-raising Ceremony at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) extols a significant message.

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Organ donation awareness event set for April 6

Mar. 30, 2017—On Dec. 11, 2015, Jamie Heard woke up earlier than usual. She said she went through her normal routine, which included morning prayers.

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VUMC lauded for organ donation awareness efforts

Jul. 21, 2016—Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been awarded Platinum status by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as a leader in organ, eye and tissue donation awareness.

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Recent Stories from VUMC News and Communications Publications

Betsy Williams has firsthand advice for parents on the fence about whether their adolescent children should be vaccinated for the common human papilloma virus (HPV), which can lead to six types of cancer.  Don’t hesitate. Do it.

Momentum

Betsy Williams has firsthand advice for parents on the fence about whether their adolescent children should be vaccinated for the common human papilloma virus (HPV), which can lead to six types of cancer. Don’t hesitate. Do it.

Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

Vanderbilt Medicine

Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

VUMC campus

VUMC campus

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine entrance

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine entrance

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