Fifteen More Years Gives Steve Time with Family

In August of 1984, Steve contracted a virus that he couldn’t shake. He went to see a doctor and was admitted to the hospital. He was given morphine to slow his heart to evaluate his health. Unfortunately, the morphine caused a reaction and he went into cardiac arrest. He was eventually given a diagnosis of idiopathic cardiomyopathy and congestive heart…
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Brooklyn’s Second Chance

When Brooklyn was almost 3 months old, she was diagnosed with a disease called Biliary Atresia. Her parents were told she would eventually need a liver transplant, or she would die. Doctors did a kasai surgery right after the diagnosis, which helps the liver function a little better and gives kids more time before they need a transplant. Unfortunately, the…
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Clint’s Big Smile and Loving Heart

When you talk to Donna about her son, Clint, she is quick to tell you about his kind, giving nature. “As a child he would give away his toys and clothes to friends. We would ask him why and he would just say, ‘because I knew it would make them happy.’ He was a caregiver to his friends throughout his…
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You Are My Sunshine – A Heart for Shiloh

We drove into the sunrise on October 11, 2013, our wedding anniversary. We had received a call at 6 AM. We were on our way to the hospital to say goodbye to the heart that had struggled to keep our daughter alive the last two years. We rode in silence knowing that we were driving because someone’s precious child had…
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A Kidney Transplant Gets Mitch on Track

In 2005, Mitch was an active duty Marine, stationed in Japan. He was injured during a training accident and was sent to medical to get it checked out. While at his appointment, the doctor noticed his blood pressure was elevated. Initially, Mitch wasn’t worried about it, but his doctor recommended he have a couple of additional tests. A kidney biopsy…
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Almost 19 Years Post-transplant and Still Going Strong

Tina was diagnosed with diabetes as a child. Because of the diabetes, she developed cataracts at age 13 and neuropathy in her feet. As an adult, it was very difficult to control her diabetes and about once a month, her glucose levels would drop during the night, requiring her husband to feed her something with sugar to help her levels…
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A Kidney from a Stranger

Kurt, a husband and father of four children, was fairly new to Pocatello when he learned he would soon need a kidney transplant. He had mentioned once to his pastor that he would need a transplant, but it wouldn’t be until a few months later he learned what that conversation would mean to him and his family. A few months…
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Back out on the Playing Field

by Cecily Kiss Ellery Howarth is an 18-year-old freshmen at Brigham Young University. She is studying to become an anesthesiologist, and hopes to be a mother someday. When she got her driver’s license almost three years ago she checked yes to organ donation. She knew that her religion supported organ donation, and when she asked her mom, Holly Howarth, about…
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Mother, Son – and a shared liver

In early 2002, Ogden, Utah resident, Michael Correll was a single father working as an electrician and raising his 6-year-old son Gage. Correll graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in land use planning and geography in 1994. In the fall of 2002 Correll made the decision to become a living organ donor and donate part…
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A Little Piece of Bone Restores Quality of Life – Louise

There’s a piece of bone in my neck that used to belong to someone else. That tiny piece of bone replaced a disintegrated disc. The disc provides spacing for nerve roots from our spinal cords, giving us sense and feeling throughout our bodies, enabling us to bend and turn—until one of those little discs malfunctions. Then, hellish headaches, decreasing mobility,…
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