The University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview Health Services and University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital marked Thursday, April 18 with 8,000 kidney transplants.
The milestone aligns with a piece University of Minnesota Medical Center history: The first successful kidney transplant was done between twins in 1963, 50 years ago.
The 8,000th transplant occurred between two co-workers at Thomson Reuters in Eagan, Minn. Christina Krautbauer donated a kidney to Matthew Rognstad who was on dialysis for 18 months after kidney failure. Krautbauer was pregnant at the time of the failure and promised Matt that if she was a match, by the time her child was six months old, she'd be the donor.
Both are recovering and have been discharged from the hospital.