Florida’s First Three-Way Kidney Transplant
In July 2014, the Miami Transplant Institute at Jackson Memorial Hospital successfully performed the first three-way paired kidney exchange transplant in Florida. The surgeries, which involved three donors and three recipients, were performed simultaneously at the hospital.
A paired kidney exchange, also known as a “kidney swap,” occurs when a living kidney donor is incompatible with a recipient, and agrees to exchange their kidney with another donor/recipient. The paired kidney exchange program allows recipients to receive a better-matched kidney, and helps speed up the process for other individuals who would otherwise continue to wait for a matched donor.
The patients, Mary Rivero Morales, 46, Alana Gonzales, 36, and Dale Jasko, 64, were able to meet the strangers who selflessly donated their kidneys and gave them a second chance at life during a press conference at Jackson.
The next year, in April 2015, the Miami Transplant Institute performed Florida’s first four-way paired kidney exchange, setting another new record.
Today, the center performs 250 to 300 kidney transplants each year – more than any other program in Florida – and consistently ranks within the top three centers nationally for volume.
Feb. 2018 Employee Stories
From Boston to Miami: An Adventure that Turned into a Lifetime. Link opens story page.
From working as an associate nurse manager in the HIV/ TB unit, to being a pediatric clinical staff nurse at Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital, I’ve held various roles during my many years at Jackson.Explore in story page.
Dec. 2016 Miracle Stories
Removal of Brain Tumors from Pregnant Woman Is Followed by a Successful Delivery. Link opens story page.
After a 12-hour surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital, surgeons removed two tumors from a pregnant woman’s brain. Weeks later, she delivers a healthy baby.Explore in story page.
Jan. 2008 Medical Firsts
Treating Hypothermia from Within. Link opens story page.
In 2008, UHealth/Jackson surgeons became the first in the world to use an internal warming method to prevent hypothermia during burn surgery.Explore in story page.