Transplant Recipient Celebrates 30 Years with Same Heart

Thirty years ago, Ryan Zinn’s goals were understandably short-term: Get back to school. Start running again. Lift weights. Be valedictorian of his high school class. He achieved them all. Today, the 45-year-old Columbus resident tends to have more of an extended vision, like being there to enjoy the occasion when his now 3-year-old daughter, Sylvia, … Read More

Face Transplants: The Changing Face of Medicine

To many, the human face defines personhood. When it is devastated beyond the reach of conventional plastic or restorative surgery, a patient may lament both the loss of their appearance and simple functional abilities such as smiling, talking, eating, or breathing on their own. In these rare instances, a face transplant may be the only … Read More

Doctors Perform First Kidney Swap in West Virginia

A few weeks ago, two West Virginia families had never met. Today, they have a lifetime bond. Brian King, of Charleston, needed a kidney transplant. So, too, did David Kent, of Tornado. And each had family members – Brian’s wife, Pam, and David’s son, Dustin – who were eager to offer up one of their … Read More

Baby with Rare Disease Goes Home after Successful Bone Marrow Transplant

Sitting contentedly on her daddy’s lap, dressed in bright pink from head to toe, little Denniya Rawls is a portrait of health. Sweet baby Denniya is now a happy, healthy 11-month-old thanks to a lifesaving bone marrow transplant: — Cleveland Clinic (@ClevelandClinic) November 8, 2017 But it wasn’t too long ago she was … Read More

After 2 Double-Lung Transplants, Curtain Calls Continue for Opera Singer

Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick lives a “terrifying, incredible, infuriating, beautiful, joyous life.” Those are her words, from her just-released autobiography – “The Encore: A Memoir in Three Acts.” Like a heroine in the operatic librettos she loves to perform for audiences worldwide, the internationally-renowned coloratura soprano and best-selling classical recording artist has endured numerous ups and … Read More

Cleveland Clinic Performs Third Face Transplant

In a 31-hour surgery in May, a team of 11 Cleveland Clinic surgeons and multiple specialists performed the hospital’s third face transplant – and its first total face transplant – on a 21-year-old female who suffered severe facial trauma and other complications from a gunshot wound as a teenager. The surgery included transplantation of the … Read More

“You’re Never Alone”

Matthew Miller came to Cleveland for a new liver and ended up finding a new home. After a long battle with liver disease and a successful transplant surgery at Cleveland Clinic, the Pittsburgh native accepted a local job and settled into Shaker Heights with his wife, Lisa Vegas. Moving to one’s transplant city is more … Read More