Addressing the growing demand for viable heart donations

As the Baby Boomer population is aging, we are facing a growing demand for lifesaving organ donations worldwide. It is estimated that by 2030, there will be 10 million people in the U.S. alone with advanced heart failure. Because hearts are one of several organs in short supply, physicians are increasingly turning to alternative measures … Continue reading Addressing the growing demand for viable heart donations




Third Chance at Life: Life after two organ transplants

In 1986, Rhonda Jung was diagnosed with a rare type of liver cancer called Epithelioid hemangioendothelioma that could not be treated by radiation or chemotherapy. Rhonda, who was 24 at the time, was Baylor University Medical Center’s 61st liver transplant recipient. Rhonda said that getting a liver transplant changed her outlook on life. Once she … Continue reading Third Chance at Life: Life after two organ transplants




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