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Donnelly man is MeritCare's 500th transplant recipient

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In 1989, Fargo's first kidney transplant was performed. Nineteen years later, on March 13, a Donnelly man became its 500th transplant recipient.

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Richard Wente, 64, of Donnelly, appeared at a press conference with Dr. Bhargav Mistry, MeritCare transplant surgeon, and Carol LeMier, 47, of Fargo, N.D., who was the first person to receive a transplant in Fargo.

Wente is only the second person to have a double-kidney transplant at MeritCare.

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