Two-Time Kidney Transplant Recipient, Haley Rust, Shares Her Journey

Haley-Rust-James-Eason-300On New Year’s Eve 2016, 23-year-old Haley Rust went to the emergency room running a temperature and thinking she might have the flu. She was not prepared to hear the news she received.

Just four years after having a kidney transplant, Haley was told that her kidney was failing and she would need another.

“At that point I was 100 percent devastated, thinking that this was all starting again.”

After being added to the kidney transplant registry, Haley’s family and friends signed up to be tested to be her kidney donor, and her Uncle was identified as her perfect match.

“Finding out that he was a match was the best day I could have imagined at that time.”

From there, the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute team, led by her surgeon Dr. Nosratollah Nezakatgoo, stepped into action to prepare Haley for her second kidney transplant surgery.

“Everything went completely according to plan. Once I was awake, the doctors came in and told me that the kidney immediately started working as soon as it was in me.”

Since her surgery in 2017, Haley’s health has continued to improve and she is grateful for the care she received at Methodist.

“I feel so lucky to be living in Memphis. When I needed this type of care, the Transplant Institute was here. In my opinion, I don’t see how it could possibly get better in terms of the care and the expertise and the knowledge that the doctors have.”

“I have big plans for the future and I just feel so much hope.”

Haley Rust, pictured with Dr. James Eason, Director of the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute, shared her inspiring story as a two-time kidney transplant recipient.