Posted 9/19/17 (Tue)
By Marcus White
Kidney transplants are a common procedure these days. But 40 years ago, the procedure was still new and only a handful of hospitals performed the surgery.
Marlys (Tong) Granberg, 40 years ago became the 1,001st patient ever to receive a kidney transplant.
The journey toward surgery was long -- and painful.
“It began as a fever and achy joints in ‘71,” Granberg said. “Doctors thought it was rheumatic fever.”
Dr. Edgar Smart, a physician at Tioga Medical Center at the time, told Granberg he’d seen her symptoms once before in a patient he treated at the University of Minnesota.