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  • South Texas’s first COVID-19 lung transplant patient urges people to take this virus seriously

    December 09, 2020
    On October 25, the University Health Transplant Center performed the first COVID-related lung transplant in South Texas, and among the first in the state and country.
  • 9-year-old boy donating teddy bears with masks for transplant children

    May 29, 2020
    9-year old Mateo Alcorta will present University Health System Transplant Center staff with 80 teddy bears for their youngest transplant patients.
  • Living donor transplants resume at University Hospital

    May 13, 2020
    University Health System Transplant Center has performed its first living donor transplant since COVID-19 forced the postponement of all non-emergency surgeries in March. During March and April, the team continued with transplants for critically ill patients when deceased organs became available. Thirty patients received the gift of life during that time. “We had to make a decision on how to best protect our patients,” said Jennifer Milton, the chief administrative officer for...
  • FDA approves sterilization process for reusing N95 masks

    April 15, 2020
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted approval for University Health System to use a hydrogen peroxide gas process to sterilize N95 face masks, so they can be worn more than once. Suppliers have been unable to keep up with hospital demands for N95 masks, the gold standard for protecting medical staff caring for patients who may spread COVID-19. The Health System has long used hydrogen peroxide sterilization to decontaminate surgical equipment, and decided to test it on the masks....
  • Meeting the challenges of COVID-19

    March 20, 2020
    In an effort to keep our community informed about measures we are taking to limit the transmission of COVID-19, University Health System updates on our ongoing response to this unprecedented situation.
  • Donor families help dedicate a first-of-a-kind organ recovery center

    February 26, 2020
    University Health System, Texas Organ Sharing Alliance and organ donor recovery partners will dedicate the Center for Life opening soon at University Hospital. Families of organ donors and transplant recipients will join them to share their stories.
  • Young transplant patient helps launch new service for children needing kidney transplants

    February 18, 2020
    In 2018, when Gael Canizales was four, he was shot while eating with his family in a Juarez restaurant. He was immediately rushed to El Paso Children’s Hospital, EPCH, treated by the trauma team and cared for in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Because of his critical injuries, physicians at El Paso Children’s Hospital quickly diagnosed his need for a new kidney. The team at EPCH worked closely with University Health System Transplant Center and transferred him to San Antonio...
  • A milestone for TDI, and a chance to honor those in the fight against diabetes

    November 13, 2019
    The Texas Diabetes Institute, celebrating its 20th anniversary, will look back at its founding and recognize those who have made contributions in the treatment, prevention and public awareness of diabetes at its annual Wall of Honor luncheon.
  • Patients reunite to celebrate country’s first living donor liver exchange

    October 16, 2019
    In April, for the first time in this country, we paired two living liver donors with two patients who needed liver transplants.
  • Living organ donors honored by University Hospital and transplant patients

    April 03, 2019
    There are currently more than 113,000 patients in the United States who are waiting for an organ transplant that could save their lives. While many depend on a match from a person who has died, liver and kidney patients have another option—a living donor. This Friday, April 5, during National Donate Life Month, University Hospital is honoring the compassion of 55 selfless individuals who last year donated a kidney or a portion of their liver to a waiting patient. Transplant patients...
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