The Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute (RMTI) is proud of its success record. More than 5,500 people have received a new lease on life through the RMTI’s organ transplant services. Here are some of their stories:
A New Father Weathers the “Perfect Storm”
February 20, 2013
Late stage liver disease; his first child on the way; his treatment center closed by Hurricane Sandy—for Kevin Pugh, it was a perfect storm of the existential kind. But thanks to a loving wife and his team at Mount Sinai, he weathered it all.
Paying it Forward: Connecting Lives to Save Lives
January 31, 2013
A former NFL running back. A father of two from Virginia. A farmer’s daughter from Iowa. A seven-year-old girl. A man from Wisconsin, and another from New Hampshire: Six lives, now forever entwined thanks to a special chain of kidney donations.
Family, Faith, and a New Kidney Give Blind Musician a Second Act
November 9, 2012
The darkest moment for Larry Banks was not when he lost his eyesight; it was several years later on the day the music stopped.
After a Midnight Dash and Neonatal Liver Transplant, a Sunny Outlook for Baby Matilda
November 2, 2012
Faced with liver failure less than a week after birth, Baby Matilda’s life depended on a high-risk liver transplant. For mom, Kelly Smith, it was the longest journey of her life.
Young Liver Transplant Recipient Committed to Raising Awareness about the Need for Living Donors
September 21, 2012
“If more people were Organ Donors, there wouldn’t be so many people waiting on the Transplant List and dying each day.” – Matt Rosiello, Liver Transplant Recipient
One day - One family - Two liver transplants: Sisters share a very special day
September 12, 2012
The joy of welcoming a baby daughter into the world was short-lived when Rachel Golombeck's daughter, Devorah, stopped opening her eyes and slipped into a coma within days of her birth in March 2001.
Avoiding a Liver Transplant: Noa’s Story
August 22, 2012
When small masses of tangled blood vessels (hemangiomas) began to appear on their baby daughter’s skin and then were found on her liver, the Oelsners feared the worst. A referral to a renowned pediatric liver specialist at Mount Sinai led to a successful treatment that did not involve surgery.
Little Girl’s Drawings Express Boundless Joy and Gratitude
August 9, 2012
When Karol Cardenas, a sweet, spirited nine-year-old, received the donation of a liver from her father in March 2012, she turned to art to express her happiness and gratitude.
A Gift Between Friends
July 24, 2012
As his kidney function declined and a growing list of friends and family members failed to be a match as an organ donor, Harold Engel was running out of options. Then, along came Angela.
Arriving at the Right Place, with the Right Doctor
July 13, 2012
When Edwin Rivera arrived at Mount Sinai, he said he knew that he had finally arrived "at the right place." RMTI’s Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplant Program gave him “a second chance at life.”
A Man Honored for Improving the Lives of Many New Yorkers Credits Mount Sinai
June 25, 2012
Paul Navarro, a Mount Sinai Kidney Transplant Recipient and One of NYC’s Most Highly Honored Public Servants, Calls Going to Mount Sinai “the Best Decision I Have Made.”
A Four-Year-Old Girl Resumes Her Active Life with Cousin’s Liver
June 7, 2012
Katherine Franco wanted to make a real difference in the lives of others by becoming a social worker. An opportunity to do so on a personal level came when her cousin needed a liver to survive.
Co-Workers' Bond of Friendship Grows Through Living Donation
April 11, 2012
Becoming her close friend and co-worker's living kidney donor has been the "wow experience of my life," says Teresa Ferreri.
A Gift of Life for the Tiniest of Patients
March 29, 2012
Born with a rare, life-threatening liver disease, Ariz Gadit received a life-saving liver transplant at Mount Sinai in 2011 when he was less than a month old and weighed less than seven pounds. Today, he is thriving.
The Gift of Reading Leads to the Gift of Life
December 12, 2011
Tom Naylor decided to become an altruistic kidney donor after reading about how one of his favorite authors donated her kidney to a fellow author.
An Intestinal Transplant Recipient's Mission to Help Others Like Her
September 15, 2011
Grateful for the support she received from family and friends, Noa Walsky wants other small bowel transplant patients to have the benefit of a similar support system.
Newborn Receives Living Donor Partial Liver Transplant, Happy and Healthy 10 Years Later
September 13, 2011
Liver transplant recipient at 10 months old, Adalyn (Boo) Liao, is now a healthy 10-year old.
A Brother's Living Kidney Donation Enables His Sister to Continue Outstanding Community Service
October 14, 2010
Recipient of the American Kidney Fund's 2011 "Humanitarian of the Year" Award, Ellen Slotnick credits her brother and the staff at Mount Sinai for inspiring her and making possible her work on behalf of kidney charities and those with or at risk for kidney disease.
No More "Missed Opportunities" for Liver Recipient
August 17, 2010
Weakened by a severe case of hepatitis C, family man Edward Infante — rejuvenated by a new liver — can now attend all his sons’ sports events.
Desire to Donate Spurs Lifestyle Change
August 17, 2010
When his daughter needed a kidney transplant, Carlos Caceres lost weight and controlled his blood pressure in order to donate. Now he and his daughter both live healthy lives.
Dual Organ Transplant Saves Man Whose Brother Died of Same Disease
August 17, 2010
One month after receiving a kidney-liver transplant, John McGowan was back at work. He’s grateful for the life-saving opportunity his brother never had.
Baby Girl Receives Part of Her Father’s Liver
August 17, 2010
Lia Stapleton, born with biliary atresia, now has a healthy future, thanks to her father’s decision to donate part of his liver to save her life.