organ donation

From story to art: How a heart transplant changed Tim’s life

Our patients inspire us to get better at our craft every day. Inspired by their stories, we challenged local artists to create unique works of heart. That’s how Tim Gallagher and Jon Flaming met — at the intersection of art and medicine. Tim Gallagher is the first to admit that he is a lucky man. …

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A gift of love: Wife saves husband’s life through organ donation

As a successful practicing attorney, father of two young children and supportive husband, Joel Elliott is quite accustomed to the on-the-go lifestyle. So much so that his wife Cristy explains, “He is the gas, I am the brake.” With 18 years of marriage down and many more to go, the couple did not let the …

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Why I lost nearly 50 lbs to donate my kidney and save my father’s life

I followed the doctor into the hallway. I didn’t want my dad to hear the answer I was afraid of, “No…sorry…Mr. Horner is not a candidate for a transplant.” Let me back up. We forced Dad to come to the ER more than three weeks ago, convinced he was in heart failure. He has a …

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Video: Celebrating the birthday of our second baby delivered from a transplanted uterus

One year ago, we welcomed the birth of our second baby delivered from a transplanted uterus. Today, we celebrate her birthday and the hope she brings to women born with absolute uterine factor infertility. She’s the reason we believe in miracles. Do you? The second phase of our uterus transplant trial is currently seeking donors to …

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72-year-old lung transplant recipient honors organ donor by competing in Transplant Games

“Why don’t you compete in the Transplant Olympics?” A friend asked me this question back in early May 2018. “I’ve never heard of the Transplant Olympics,” I replied. But despite my lack of knowledge, I was intrigued. After doing some research, I learned the purpose of Transplant Games of America (TGA) is to honor organ …

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How Hepatitis C-positive heart transplants could help address the organ donor shortage

Jane Poston received a lifesaving heart transplant two years ago at Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health. Hospitalized and extremely ill, Jane relied upon her husband Charles to make critical medical decisions. Charles’ choice to accept a hepatitis C-positive heart for Jane was the first step in saving her life …

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Can transplant recipients be “weaned” off anti-rejection drugs?

Lifesaving it may be, organ transplantation carries a life sentence, so to speak — that is, anyone who receives a donor organ also gets a lifetime prescription for anti-rejection medication. It’s for good reason: These drugs suppress your immune system’s natural defenses so that your body doesn’t attack (or “reject”) the new organ. But in …

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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 …

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Living liver donors shorten wait times for those needing a transplant

For many people, waiting on a liver transplant can take years on the current wait list. According to Donate Life Texas, an average of 18 people die every day waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. The traditional organ donor model of waiting on a deceased donor organ to match the recipient has created significant wait …

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