Transplant Patients at Penn Medicine
Hearing the news of a needed transplant is difficult on many levels. Each year, hundreds of individuals come to the Penn Transplant Institute looking for a second chance. And each year, even the sickest patients often get a chance at a new life.
Although Penn transplant patients benefit from our world-renowned physicians, ground-breaking research and rich history of "firsts," it is the individual stories of our patients – full of hope and determination – of which we are most proud.
Heart Transplant Patient Story
Woman Receives Life-Saving Heart and Lung Transplants
To doctors, nurses and staff in the heart and lung transplant Programs at Penn Medicine, Maureen Sweeney is considered a hero – she is the oldest patient ever to receive both a heart and lung transplant at Penn. Now briskly walking the halls of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Sweeney is considered somewhat of a celebrity.
Kidney Transplant Patient Story
Brothers Recall First Kidney Transplant at Penn
Brothers Joe and Howard Mehl are so different they don't even pronounce their last name the same. "I say 'Mel,' he says 'Meil," Joe said. But they share something that makes them even closer than the blood running through their veins. More than 40 years ago, in February of 1966, Joe gave Howard his kidney.
Lung Transplant Patient Stories
Double lung transplant and liver transplant