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Sisters bound by time, and a kidney


Posted 9/19/17 (Tue)

Sisters bound by time, and a kidney

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.

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