Triple Transplant Survivor a "Testament" to Advancements in Transplant Medicine
Otteau Christiansen got a second shot at life—and then a third and fourth—courtesy of the advanced care he received at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview.
Over the course of his life, Christiansen has received not one, but three living-donor transplants, according to a recent Fox9 profile. In 1981, Christiansen was diagnosed with late-stage leukemia. He needed a bone marrow transplant and came to the University of Minnesota, where such transplants were pioneered.
Nearly three decades later, Christiansen, suffering from hepatitis C, was the recipient of a liver transplant. Then, early in 2014, Christiansen also received a kidney transplant from his partner, Carol.
"He really is a lesson in the evolution of transplants over the last 35 years," University of Minnesota Physicians Nephrologist Hassan Ibrahim, MD, told Fox9.
"I've received the finest care available in the world," Christiansen said.
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From the Ground Up: Watch Progress on New Care Facility
Tower cranes, construction crews, cement mixers.
The one-time parking lot at 909 Fulton Street SE in Minneapolis is now a hub of activity, as workers from McGough Companies make steady progress on a new 330,000-square-foot, $160 million Ambulatory Care Center.
The product of a partnership between the University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Physicians and Fairview Health Services, the center will reimagine the patient experience by focusing on patient needs and the principles of innovation, research and cost-effective care. The center will house many of our outpatient clinics and an outpatient surgery center once it’s completed in 2016.
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