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Faced with a shortage of donor hearts, transplant centers have had to expand their criteria for acceptable organs. 

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Late last year, a woman gave birth to a baby via a transplanted uterus — the first ever in the United States. And it happened in Dallas: The boy was born at Baylor University Medical Center.

Beautiful. Pure. Natural. Medicine at its pinnacle.

Those were the words of Dr. Giuliano Testa this week — the principal investigator of a clinical trial with ten women underway at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

He was talking about the birth of a baby boy to a mother who underwent a uterus transplant last year. It's a first in the U.S., but in Sweden, eight babies have been born to mothers with uterus transplants.

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Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas announced it has delivered the first baby born in the United States to a mother who received a uterus transplant.

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In the wake of the election, President Obama’s signature health care law is back in the spotlight. Republicans, including prominent Texans, have wanted to repeal the Affordable Care Act since it was signed into law in 2010. Now, with control of the White House and Congress, Republicans have a better chance than before to dismantle it. 

Doctors in Austin are trying to urgently match five-year-old Leland with a new kidney. He’s on dialysis, and in the highest and most urgent category of patients needing a new organ.

His situation is an example of the pressing need for organ donors in Texas and across the U.S.


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Texas doctors say they have done the world's first partial skull and scalp transplant to help a man with a large head wound from cancer treatment.

Long hospital stays and frequent checkups are a drag. And they’re especially hard on kids who often fall behind in school and miss spending time with friends. To help these patients stay home, Children’s Medical Center in Dallas is trying to connect with kids using video and Bluetooth after organ transplants.

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A man from Keller who died two years ago has left a lasting, even historic, legacy. That's because Ian Heidemann was an organ donor. In a rare, experimental surgery, one of his hands is now attached to a recipient who traveled from Indiana to Fort Worth Tuesday. At John Peter Smith Hospital, the farmer thanked the medical staff and the donor's family. As part of our Breakthroughs Initiative, he also talked with KERA.

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Chasing an energetic 1-year-old, balancing shaky finances and managing a rare disease is a tall order for any family. But it’s reality for Isac and Elizabeth Madrid, a Rockwall couple we’re featuring in our series One Crisis Away.

Like many North Texans, Isac and Elizabeth were living a typical middle class life, until a medical emergency knocked them off their feet.

Now, each day is a battle that starts at Baylor Medical Center.