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Lourdes Patient Shares Story Transplant

cape may transplant pt photoFifty-four-year-old Cape May resident Theresa Spear battled type I diabetes all her life.  The disease severely impacted her organs and left her with a failing kidney. Referred to Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, the only solid organ transplant center in southern New Jersey, Spear had a life-saving kidney-pancreas transplant in August 2015.

In an effort to give back, Spear recently shared her story about undergoing a kidney-pancreas transplant during a free event at Congress Hall.  Spear was joined by Gwen Lupton, RN, BSN, kidney/pancreas transplant coordinator at Lourdes, who spoke about the clinical care needed to treat kidney disease and kidney-pancreas transplant.

Spear is now feeling healthy and grateful. Through this event, she hopes she helped others understand the difference organ donation makes and how it saved her life.  

Pictured:   Lourdes transplant patient and Cape May resident Theresa Spear (left) with Gwen Lupton, RN, BSN, kidney/pancreas transplant coordinator at Lourdes.


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