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Surgeon Who Removed Healthy Kidney Denies Negligence

He was supposed to remove woman's adrenal gland

(Newser) - A South Dakota surgeon admitted to mistakenly removing an Iowa woman's healthy kidney but denied that he breached the standard of care, according to the surgeon's response to a lawsuit filed by the patient. Dr. Scott Baker and the Surgical Institute of South Dakota acknowledged in an answer... More »

Melania Trump Is Back Home

First lady returned to White House on Saturday after kidney procedure

(Newser) - White House watchers have one less thing to speculate about after first lady Melania Trump returned home Saturday from a five-day stay at Walter Reed Medical Center. The first lady is "resting comfortably and remains in high spirits," a rep said in a statement, per the New York ... More »

Speculation Ramps Up on Melania Trump's Health Status

All went well in Melania Trump's procedure, but WH is staying mum on how and where she is

(Newser) - The president has said she's doing well, and the first lady herself tweeted on Wednesday she was "feeling great," but other than that, Melania Trump's health status after her kidney surgery on Monday has been kept "under wraps," per the New York Times . Specifically,... More »

Statement on Melania's Kidney Surgery Raises Questions

Unaffiliated doctors speculate on the cause, length of hospital stay

(Newser) - President Trump on Tuesday addressed his wife's kidney surgery , tweeting , "Our great First Lady is doing really well. Will be leaving hospital in 2 or 3 days. Thank you for so much love and support!" The White House on Monday said Melania Trump "underwent an embolization... More »

Melania Trump Has Kidney Surgery

First lady had benign condition

(Newser) - Melania Trump is recovering after having kidney surgery in DC on Monday, CNN reports. "This morning, first lady Melania Trump underwent an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition. The procedure was successful, and there were no complications," the first lady's communications director said in a... More »

Guy Offers Truck, Kidney in Return for Help for Sick Wife

He says she desperately needs a new liver

(Newser) - A California man desperate to save his wife's life made an unusual offer: his truck, his trailer, and one of his kidneys in return for a slice of healthy liver from somebody with O-positive or O-negative blood. In a Facebook post that went viral, Verlon Robinson, 55, said he... More »

Lose Your Kidney in Venezuela, 'Go Straight to the Cemetery'

Medicine shortage causing those with transplants to experience rejection

(Newser) - There's a literal casualty of Venezuela's ongoing economic woes: those with kidney problems. Reuters dives into the dire situation that both kidney transplant recipients and those hoping to join their ranks face in the midst of the country's inability to buy enough drugs from abroad or make... More »

Woman Discovers Kidney Was Removed, Accuses Husband

Wife says she thought she was having appendicitis surgery

(Newser) - An Indian man is in police custody after allegedly stealing one of his wife's kidneys to serve as a dowry. When she complained of stomach pain two years ago, Rita Sarkar, 28, says her husband arranged a visit to a private nursing home in Kolkata, where the couple stayed... More »

After Donating a Kidney, This Medical Student Now Regrets It

'I am angry that I was never fully informed of the lack of research'

(Newser) - When he was 18, Michael Poulson did something that is undeniably selfless and brave: He donated a kidney to his stepfather's brother. Eight years later, both men are doing fine. But Poulson is now a medical student, and in an essay at the Washington Post , he writes that he... More »

4 People Meet for First Time After Kidney Swaps

It was an emotional meeting for Connecticut group

(Newser) - Four people have met for the first time since a pair of kidney swaps at a Connecticut hospital. The Hartford Courant reports the family of 3-year-old Jeremy Orellana, as well as Fred Ferris, Beth Mix, and Julissa Canales, had an emotional meeting for the first time on Wednesday following the... More »

Study Delivers More Bad News for Meat Lovers

Grilling meat, even chicken, boosts kidney cancer risk: study

(Newser) - The blows just keep on coming for carnivores. On the heels of the news that bacon is apparently a carcinogen and hot dogs contain human DNA comes this: A new study finds that people who eat more grilled meat are at a higher risk of kidney cancer. And not just... More »

Behind Man's Kidney Failure: Excess of Iced Tea

16 glasses a day is probably not a good idea

(Newser) - A man's kidney failure has been linked to his excessive iced tea habit—but don't worry, you're probably not approaching the danger zone. The 56-year-old Arkansas man was drinking 16 glasses of the stuff daily, amounting to a gallon every day, the AP reports. Black tea contains... More »

Woman Finds Kidney Donor —via Plea on Car Window

Maine man responds to woman's plea, is a match

(Newser) - It's not everyone who appeals to strangers they pass on the road to give them an organ, and it's definitely not everyone who spots such an appeal, turns to his wife, and says, "Did you get her number? Text her right now." But two such strangers... More »

Girl With 3 Legs to Have 2 Removed

Born a conjoined twin, the toddler's sister died when they were separated

(Newser) - With three legs all to herself, a 22-month-old toddler from Panama will next month undergo a major surgery at Shriners Hospitals for Children Los Angeles to remove the two that don't work. Ana Paula was born a conjoined twin, with not just three legs but three kidneys and potential... More »

What's Killing Central America's Young Men?

Researchers try to explain widespread kidney disease

(Newser) - Kidney disease is ravaging Central America, and researchers aren't sure what's causing it. Thousands of sugarcane field workers have died of chronic kidney disease, or CKD, in recent years, the Verge reports. While CKD affects more than 20 million in the US, here it's most prevalent in... More »

5-Foot 'Snow Kidney' May Have Found Man a Donor

Jim Gorbunow thought sculpture would get him some attention

(Newser) - Jim Gorbunow is thinking outside the box when it comes to finding a kidney donor: To draw attention to his plight, the Minnesota man built a 5-foot snow sculpture of a kidney in his front yard last week ... and named it "Kevin." Gorbunow's brother helped him build... More »

Study: Pay People $10K to Donate Kidneys

It would save money, ease waiting list, say researchers

(Newser) - It sounds at first blush like the ultimate in crass capitalism, but a new study suggests that paying people $10,000 to donate a kidney would actually cut down on health care costs in the long run, ease waiting lists, and improve the lives of patients, reports NBC News . The... More »

Kidney Transplant Patient Marries His Donor

Kyle Froelich, Chelsea Clair a good match in more ways than one

(Newser) - Kyle Froelich's kidneys were failing, and he'd been waiting for a good match—little did he know what his plight would bring him. He met Chelsea Clair in 2009; she'd heard about him, and almost immediately decided to give him her kidney. Froelich, then 19, and Clair,... More »

Man Walks Streets to Find Kidney for Wife, Succeeds

Donor comes forward after hearing of SC man's devotion

(Newser) - A devoted husband's determination to find the new kidney his wife desperately needed has paid off. Larry Swilling, 78, walked hundreds of miles around South Carolina over the last year with a sandwich board reading "Need Kidney 4 Wife." He says a donor has finally come forward,... More »

Scientists 'Grow' Kidney in Lab

Engineered rat kidneys a step toward helping humans

(Newser) - In a breakthrough with the potential to save many thousands of lives, scientists have "grown" a kidney that produced urine both in the lab and after being transplanted into a rat. The new kidneys were created by stripping old kidneys of their cells and pumping the remaining "scaffold"... More »

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