Stories of Hope

Stories of Hope

Zahra, heart recipient

A vibrant and active high school student, Zahra’s world was turned upside down when her health suddenly began failing, leaving her hospitalized and in dire need of a new heart.

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Sabrina, living kidney donor

My kidney donation and my father’s transplant have brought me to realize how precious and beautiful it is to be alive,” acknowledges Sabrina. With her family’s support and guidance, Sabrina is now studying to become a pharmacy technician so that she can continue to help others.

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Christine

Christine, kidney recipient

Living donation made it possible for Christine to resume her normal, always-on-the-go routine. She also feels that her new kidney has both enabled and inspired her to do even more.

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Dot, beneficiaria de pulmón

Dot era una enérgica pastora que ministraba en la iglesia que amaba cuando una enfermedad la dejó con dificultades para respirar y una urgente necesidad de recibir un trasplante parcial de pulmón.

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Dot, lung recipient

“Because of this transplant, I live,” said Dot. “This gift has given me another day with my family, with my friends, with this world. I have been given time, and my passion is to tell everyone about my donor — my hero. Not a day goes by that I don’t thank my donor and God for making that possible.”

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Bruce

Bruce, kidney recipient

It has been eight years since Bruce received the kidney that restored his health and enabled him to resume normal living. He is grateful for his donor’s gift every day, and he continues to spread the word about donation within his community.

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Benjamin, liver recipient

Benjamin was diagnosed with a rare, life-threatening liver disease when he was just nine weeks old. During his first months of life, Benjamin endured serious feeding difficulties, surgery and countless doctor appointments.

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Leah, recipient family member

Leah was 12 years old when she received the devastating news that, without a double-lung transplant, her father only had two years to live. Thankfully, an organ donor saved his life, giving a young girl what she wanted more than anything — time with her dad.

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Valerie, liver recipient

Looking at Valerie today, it is impossible to tell that she was once deathly ill. It was so long ago, Valerie does not even remember that terrible time herself. She does know, however, that a liver transplant saved her life.

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Vince, cornea recipient

Cornea recipient Vince had 20/20 vision as a child, but that changed when he turned 18. His eyesight began deteriorating rapidly in college, earning him the nickname “Squints” because of his constantly squinting to see things.

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Yazmina, tissue recipient

Born with a common genetic condition called hypodontia, she was missing one of her adult eye teeth. Over time, her jawbone developed a gap where the root of the missing tooth would have been.

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Daniel, cornea recipient

Daniel has always been very active, starting back in high school on the basketball team. It was during his freshman year when he was diagnosed with a corneal disease called Keratoconous.

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Amber, cornea recipient

A licensed nail technician and recent honors graduate in medical billing and coding, Amber had just begun a new job when she was diagnosed with keratoconus.

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Aeisha, small bowel recipient

Intestinal transplant recipient Aeisha had just relocated to New York City to pursue a career on Broadway, when inflammatory bowel disease put her dreams and health in jeopardy. An intestinal transplant saved her life, and gave her a new purpose: to serve as a spark of healing inspiration for others as a minister.

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Lori, birth tissue recipient

Following treatment with a therapy made from donated birth tissue, the wound healed and Lori was able to return to her active life and continue working in a role that she loves, specializing in immunotherapy and cancer research.

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