See The Lives We’ve Changed
Children, adolescents, and adults share their life-changing experiences at the Miami Transplant Institute.
Not so long ago, getting a new heart, liver, or set of lungs would have been an impossible dream. But today, the Miami Transplant Institute is making miracles happen for patients of all ages. These are their stories.
Indiana Man Battling COVID Finds Hope at Jackson Memorial Hospital and Miami Transplant Institute with Double-Lung Transplant
When Tim Cornett tested positive for COVID-19 in January 2022, he didn’t think much of it. He was 55, fit, an healthy.Read More
After Three Cardiac Arrests and a Ventricular Assist Device Placement, 9-Year-Old Boy Receives Heart Transplant at Holtz Children’s
When Lina St. Preux, 44, was six months pregnant, her doctor informed her of devastating news – her baby had a congenital heart defect.Read More
Local Firefighter Receives Kidney Donation from Sister at Miami Transplant Institute
Jeffrey Hackman, a firefighter with the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Aviation Division, was used to jumping in front of danger to save lives. However, in 2015, he found his life in danger when his doctor discovered traces of blood in his urine during a routine physical.Read More
Robotic Kidney Transplant Marks 100th Procedure at Miami Transplant Institute, and First of Its Kind in Southeastern U.S.
The transplant marked the 99th and 100th procedures performed at MTI using the da Vinci Surgical System.Read More
South Florida Woman Receives a Heart Transplant on Daughter’s Wedding Day
Reaching some of life’s major milestones hasn’t always seemed possible for Liliana Hernandez, who has been living on borrowed time. As a great grandmother, grandmother, mother, and wife, she hoped for the day that her prayers would be answered.Read More
The Perfect Match: South Florida Teacher’s Life Saved by Living Donor
Tyra Starnes was shocked when her primary care doctor diagnosed her with chronic kidney disease. Up until that point, the 25-year-old West Palm Beach elementary school teacher felt healthy. However, as her kidneys continued to deteriorate, Starnes started feeling the effects of the disease.Read More
A Birthday Miracle: A New Heart Gives One Florida Man A Second Chance at Life
“When Harold arrived at the hospital, he was experiencing shortness of breath, and we quickly discovered he was in cardiogenic shock, which means his heart could not pump enough blood through his body,” Dr. Phancao said.Read More
A Mother’s Unconditional Love Gives Son a Fighting Chance to Receive a Life-saving Kidney Transplant
When Araceli Cantero Obregón was seven months pregnant, doctors in Nicaragua told her that her son Edgard Sequeira would have hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) builds up within the ventricles of the brain.Read More
Miami Transplant Institute’s 500th Intestinal Transplant Recipient is a Young Woman From Arkansas
During her junior year of high school, Stephanie was thriving at being a healthy teenage girl. Unexpectedly, though, Jira began to have trouble keeping food down after meals.Read More
The Miami Transplant Institute Performs its First Living Donor Robotic Procedure
A MTI multidisciplinary team performed its first successful living kidney donor transplant using the da Vinci Surgical System. Viviana Manzo donated her kidney to her longtime friend who suffered from End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD).Read More