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Successful kidney transplant driven by care team, community support

“It was a life-changing experience.” That’s how Brandon Hodges describes the kidney transplant he received a couple of months ago at Vidant Medical Center (VMC).

Hodges, 42, is a physical education teacher at Oakwood School in Greenville and was diagnosed with IgA nephropathy, also known as Berger’s disease, at 14 years old. The disease usually progresses slowly over many years with different outcomes for different people. In Hodges’ case, with declining kidney function pushing him toward stage-five kidney disease, a transplant was the best option.

David B. Leeser, MD, chief of surgical immunology and transplantation at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and the chief of transplantation at VMC, heard about Hodges’ case through a couple of colleagues. “One of our transplant assistants came in, told me about Brandon and said, ‘We have to transplant this guy.’ I said, “Well, get me the number.”

 

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ECU surgeons among first in state to perform POEM procedure

Eating is one of the basic functions of life, but something that is often not possible for the approximately 200,000 U.S. residents living with achalasia.

Achalasia occurs when a muscle between the esophagus and stomach loses its ability to relax, making it difficult for food and liquid to pass into a person’s stomach. This causes a host of serious health problems, including weight loss and an increased risk of esophageal cancer.

A team of surgeons at East Carolina University was among the first in North Carolina to perform a minimally invasive procedure – called a Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM) – that can relieve the symptoms of the rare disorder.

 

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Dooley returns for second stint as men’s basketball coach

After leading Florida Gulf Coast to five conference titles and five consecutive 20-win seasons, former ECU head men’s basketball coach Joe Dooley will return for a second stint at the helm of the Pirates’ program.
 
Dooley, who was ECU’s head coach from 1995 to 1999, has agreed to terms on a five-year contract. He was publicly introduced at a press conference Thursday, April 5 at 11 a.m. inside Harvey Hall.

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ECU study examines death rates in North Carolina

Middle-aged whites in North Carolina are dying at an unprecedented rate, according to a new study by researchers at East Carolina University. The university’s News Services department has assembled video content to help educate your viewers on these study findings. We encourage you to use the raw or edited content for your newscasts or share our completed package via social media or on your website.

 

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