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Organ transplant at Columbia University Medical Center not only saves patients' lives but fundamentally changes the lives of their families and loved ones. Read some of their inspiring stories to learn more.

Faces of Transplant: Claire Tunick

"[Dana's] relationship, first with Dr. Mario Deng, and then, Dr. Farhana Latif was warm and supportive.  She relied on them and had total trust in them."

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Faces of Transplant: Natasha Kirker

"It’s hard to explain to anyone outside of the transplant bubble what a team of medical professionals can mean in your life. I wouldn’t be alive without many of them, which lends you to almost falling in love with these people."

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Faces of Transplant: Emi Subotovsky

"Dr. Mercedes Martinez was so knowledgeable, she had the right answers and she instilled in us so much confidence on the outcome that we knew then that Aiden could not be in better hands."

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Faces of Transplant: Kendall Ciesemier

"Dr. Emond was the only surgeon I had met who thought he could fix my problem surgically, without another transplant. He was successful and I’ve had my care at Columbia since."

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Faces of Transplant: Lisa Coakley

"The Lung Transplant Team [at Columbia] is amazing!! They are not just a team of medical professionals, they are our FAMILY."

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Faces of Transplant: Johanna Pryluck

"I don’t think there are words that can describe how thankful we are for Dr. Martinez and the Columbia team.  They not only saved Aiden’s life, they saved our family."

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Faces of Transplant: Lauren Shields

"My transplant team [at Columbia] is my second family. I will be forever grateful to them."

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Faces of Transplant: Jessica Zampieri

"The transplant team [at Columbia] knows me by name, greets me with a hug and makes me feel special. They truly have a heart for all that they do."

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Faces of Transplant: Monica Segal

"Rick is fully back to his life, both at home and at work. He has lived to see his children get married and the next generation get started. This was truly a second beginning – for the whole family."

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A New Life, a New Liver: My Three-Month Old Son's Recovery from Transplant Surgery

The number of liver transplants performed on children less than 1 year old is fewer than 100 per year. And yet, we’re lucky James is alive. We’re lucky we landed at a hospital like Columbia, which has one of the best success rates for liver transplants in the world. 

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The Segal Family Story

Our family has received a second chance at life thanks to the pioneering work of Dr. Colombo and his team, and we are honored to pay this forward to future patients by supporting the transformative research pioneered by Dr. Colombo.

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Aiden's Story

Dr. Martinez was by our side from day one. She promised me Aiden would be okay, which I have never heard a doctor do before. But it wasn’t her promise that kept me at ease as much as her passion, knowledge, bedside manner, and caring personality. 

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