A scrapbook meeting 14 years ago leads to kidney donation

A chance meeting between two women at a scrapbooking convention would turn out to a be a life-changing moment for one of their husbands. Ever since Krystal Grant from Pelzer, SC, met Lois Helmick at a scrapbooking convention in Utah nearly 14 years ago, they developed a special friendship. Distance did not keep the two from supporting one another, … Continue reading A scrapbook meeting 14 years ago leads to kidney donation


Lung transplant recipient runs final stretch of marathon with new sister

November marks four years since the start of an undeniable friendship. Two women brought together through a lung transplant have formed a unique bond in an untraditional way. Carrie Giddens, 31, and Valarie Fratiani, 45, consider each other sisters and live just 10 minutes away from one another in Frisco and Allen, Texas. They once … Continue reading Lung transplant recipient runs final stretch of marathon with new sister


After widowmaker heart attack, transplant gave Tim a second chance

After about 30 minutes of exercise, Tim Gallagher felt unusually fatigued and decided to lie down. From the unbearable tightness in his chest, he knew something was wrong. That day changed his life. Tim’s heart suffered massive damage when he experienced a widowmaker heart attack in his home. The left ventricle in his heart was 100 percent … Continue reading After widowmaker heart attack, transplant gave Tim a second chance


Baylor University Medical Center performs first living-donor uterus transplants in the U.S.

Today, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas released details on the first four living-donor uterine transplants performed in the United States as part of a clinical trial under Institutional Review Board approval. These first four surgeries were performed in September. This announcement comes after two years of preparation and a careful review of all 16 … Continue reading Baylor University Medical Center performs first living-donor uterus transplants in the U.S.


Amenities provide sanctuary to families of transplant patients

There are thousands of people waiting for the gift of life. They wait at home, in the hospital, in a hotel — anywhere — anxiously anticipating the call that it’s their time to receive an organ donation. During this time of great stress, Baylor Scott & White Health has made arrangements to provide comfort for … Continue reading Amenities provide sanctuary to families of transplant patients


White House Organ Summit aims to reduce organ waiting list

The White House recently announced several key actions being taken to reduce the organ waiting list. These collaborations and commitments represent a collection of great minds and organizations coming together with one common goal, to save lives and reduce the agonizing wait for vital, life-saving organs. We have a part in this as well. Baylor … Continue reading White House Organ Summit aims to reduce organ waiting list


Heart transplant patient runs marathon one and a half years after surgery

I was born with a congenital heart defect. Transposition of the great arteries (TGA) is a condition where my pulmonary artery and aorta were in reverse position, preventing oxygen rich blood from pumping into my body. TGA babies have a blue tint to their skin due to their poor circulation garnering the nickname blue babies. At the … Continue reading Heart transplant patient runs marathon one and a half years after surgery


First graduate prepared for life-saving transplant after 50+ years with Type 1 diabetes

When recalling the earliest memory in her life, she can only remember waking up in the hospital to hear she had Type 1 brittle diabetes. At age 5, Patricia Kearney didn’t know this disease would require enduring three organ transplants, agonizing dialysis, endless glucose tablets and fighting to keep blood sugar levels at bay to … Continue reading First graduate prepared for life-saving transplant after 50+ years with Type 1 diabetes