Local Woman Receives Triple Organ Transplant - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

04/17/06

Local Woman Receives Triple Organ Transplant

This past weekend was a very special Easter holiday for a Richmond Hill woman. Jeannie Wilson has been living with type one diabetes for most of her life. Nearly four years ago, she learned she had end-stage renal disease and needed a double organ transplant.

On Saturday, she got a call that doctors had found a donor. She drove to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, and around 4am Sunday morning, Jeannie received her new pancreas and two new kidneys, and she's doing well.

Jeannie will still have to find a way to pay for the anti-rejection medication she'll have to take for the rest of her life, since Medicare doesn't cover the cost, which is about $2,000 a month.

Reported by: Melanie Ruberti, mruberti@wtoc.com

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