Posts Tagged ‘organ donation’

Reese Brady Ryan, Heart Recipient

April 23, 2016 marked the 24th day for us in the hospital. I was in the bathroom giving myself a pep talk and when I came out, Dr. Villa was standing in the doorway with a box of tissues. I assumed something was terribly wrong. He sat down, and with a tear in his eye…

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Missy Brunner, Kidney Recipient

In 2009 I was a single mom of four, working as an LPN. I was taking a shower and passed out. I saw my doctor to see if we could figure out what was going on. The next day I while taking my kids to school, my doctor called and insisted I go to the…

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Idris Gray, Kidney Recipient

At the age of 16, I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. While in college I lost 50 lbs. and mistakenly thought I no longer needed to manage my condition. I was wrong. As a result, in 2009 I was diagnosed with acute kidney failure. My doctors told me that if I didn’t receive a…

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Donald Melillo, Liver Recipient

In February 2012, I heard the three words that nobody ever wants to hear… “You have cancer”. I was diagnosed with liver cancer and was told the only treatment option was a transplant. You go through every range of emotion, sadness, anger, and confusion. As the days passed, I became sicker and spent my time…

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Danette Jones, From Waiting to Receiving a Kidney Transplant

I found out that the life I knew would forever change in June of 2015. My kidney failure caused me to need dialysis. Needless to say, I was devastated. I cried a lot, and prayed more. Only the power of God would be able to bring me through this journey. Nine surgeries later I smile…

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Ann Delehanty-Koenig, Cornea Transplant Recipient & Living Kidney Donor

My connection to donation is two sided, as a recipient and a donor. My first experience was toward the end of college I was diagnosed with keratoconus. I finished college and one day while playing tennis I noticed that I was experiencing even more difficulties following the ball. My keratoconus had progressed and I would…

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Where They Are Now: Loretta Davis

In 2012, we profiled the phenomenal story of Loretta Davis, a transplant recipient who was originally given only 48 hours to live after being hospitalized with severe liver damage. After receiving her new liver on May 10, 2009, Loretta has epitomized the classic phrase “Carpe diem” (“Seize the day”), as she continues to approach her…

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Where They Are Now: Bob Briggs

A few years ago, LifeCenter introduced you to Bob Briggs, a liver transplant recipient whose inspiring story of hope and restoration is a powerful example of the far-reaching impact of organ donation. In our first feature, Bob provided a snapshot of the events that led up to his liver transplant in January of 1998, along…

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Don’t Forget National DMV Appreciation Week

Let’s be honest, when most of us hear the word “BMV,” (or DMV depending on where you’re from) we immediately think of waiting in long lines, filling out forms or taking unflattering driver’s license pictures. While this ubiquitous administrative agency is commonly associated with the more mundane responsibilities of vehicle ownership, what often goes unnoticed…

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Meet Mollie. Double Lung Recipient, Mom, Alive Thanks to a Donor.

It started with a cough but Mollie, an RN, knew something was wrong. She was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and Pulmonary Hypertension. At the age of 37 she was told her life expectancy would be about 2 years without a lung transplant. After 8 months of waiting, she got the call. #DonateLife  

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