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Boxes are piled high in Anne Hickman’s hallway. Family photos peek out from behind the stacks in her one-bedroom Indianapolis apartment.

Analysis: Transplant system fails many patients here

Nov 5, 2017

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 7, 2008 - It has been nearly 25 years since the nation passed the National Organ Transplant Act, which created a system for procuring organs and distributing them. It barred the sale of organs from either deceased or living donors.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 13, 2011 - Lance Martin was born with Type 1 diabetes. As he got older, complications started to affect his quality of life, and his kidney function decreased.

By 1996, "I was really very sick," Martin said. It became clear that end-stage renal disease was not far off. But Martin was determined to get well again.

Double transplant improves quality of life for some diabetics

Dec 23, 2010

Type 2 diabetes – the kind related to obesity and an unhealthy diet – gets a lot of attention these days. But there’s another, less common, form of the disease – type 1 – that can also lead to life-threatening complications.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra takes us behind the scenes at a local hospital, for the transplant operation that got one St. Louis-area woman off dialysis, and made her diabetes-free.