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Dr. Silke Niederhaus, a UW Surgery Alumni, was diagnosed with kidney failure when she was 8 years old. When she was 11, her kidneys shut down completely and she needed a transplant. That same year, good news came and Silke received a donor kidney just before Christmas.

Dr. Niederhaus credits two things which allowed her to excel through her illness – her faith in God, and her unshakable determination to become a transplant surgeon – which she did 24 years later.

Read more or watch her story unfold here. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System