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Episode 56: Ivey Dennen - Kidney & Pancreas Transplant Recipient

Kent's Kidney Stories

Release Date: 01/22/2021

Episode 136: Sonia and Ali - A London Kidney Miracle show art Episode 136: Sonia and Ali - A London Kidney Miracle

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Welcome back! In today’s episode, Kent has a conversation with  Ivey Dennen about her kidney/pancreas transplant. Ivey had been a type one diabetic for several years before her double organ transplant. Listen in, as Ivey shares how it came about and how she has progressed. You will be amazed.

If you have questions regarding items discussed during this episode, contact Kent at [email protected]

For more information on Kidney Solutions, visit them at www.kidneysolutions.org

Host: Kent Bressler

Producer: Jason Nunez