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Heart & Kidney Transplant

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Posted 2/23/2015

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Combination heart-kidney transplants are rare; only a small number of hospitals in the U.S. and Europe do these procedures. David Gildea is the first person in Nebraska to have this dual transplant. Suffering from the rare blood disease Amyloidosis, Gildea had only months to live when his doctors determined they could transplant his failing heart and kidneys. Surviving the organ transplant was only his first step. Gildea still needs a bone marrow transplant to beat the disease. He is planning to have that transplant at The Nebraska Medical Center as well.

David, along with his girlfriend and his daughter joined members of his medical team at the medical center June 1st, 2010 to talk about this milestone transplant.

The Nebraska Medical Center is home to an internationally known transplant program, specializing in solid organ transplant as well as bone marrow and stem cell transplantation. For more information, call 1-800-922-0000 or visit