Heart-to-Heart program allows patients to hold their own hearts after transplant

For those who receive a heart transplant, they are considered the lucky ones. In the United States alone, there are over six million people living with heart failure, yet only about 2200 people a year receive a new heart — making heart transplant recipients a rare and selective group. Since 2014, the Heart-to-Heart program at … Continue reading Heart-to-Heart program allows patients to hold their own hearts after transplant

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