Organ Transplant


March 8, 2019

Brothers Enjoy Game Days Together

Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a genetic disorder that runs in the Johnson family. James Johnson, Sr., suffered from the disease and received a donated kidney from his brother in 1985. His young sons made a promise then that they would donate a kidney to the other if they ever needed one. On Feb. 3, 2016, James, Jr.,…


Surprise Call Brings New Kidney for Patient With Rare Blood Type

You might say life handed Susan Freyaldenhoven a few lemons, and although she was making lemonade, it was becoming a struggle. The 45-year-old Conway middle school principal and her nephrologist had been watching her kidneys deteriorate for 20 years as she went about her career and became the mother of three boys. But over time,…


UAMS Helps College Student Donate Kidney to Mena Man

Twenty-one-year-old Alissa Pitcher of Grand Rapids, Mich., was moved last spring by a Mena, Arkansas, mother’s plea on behalf of her son. The request for prayers came via e-mail from an old family friend, Tammy Hamelink, whose 23-year-old son, Kryn, was in desperate need of a kidney transplant. As Alissa’s mother read Tammy’s e-mail aloud,…


Liver Transplant Program Has Near Perfect Results

Lynne Reynolds’ journey to UAMS started with a tumble down 19 stair steps. “I blacked out,” Reynolds said of that September 2007 mishap, which resulted in an ambulance ride to the nearest hospital, an eventual diagnosis of nonalcoholic liver cirrhosis and a liver transplant. Mike Scott’s path to a UAMS liver transplant began on Christmas…