#shareyourspare

#shareyourspare…That’s the phrase that got my attention while looking at all the posts to our yesutah Facebook page. It was something that I had not heard before. It was catchy and described a part of what we do here at Intermountain Donor Services. Living Donors make up a small portion of all organ donations. It takes a special type of…
Continue Reading »

Death Flashed Before My Eyes

Actually, it was more like a flutter. As in fluttering snowflakes, LOTS OF SNOWFLAKES, falling at a high rate of speed from every direction as my wife and I were driving over Price Canyon and into Provo, Utah. Normally that drive is a sight to see, though on this night, I couldn’t see anything except the 18-wheeler right in front…
Continue Reading »

I’m donating my kidney to save my brother-in-law

On January 15th, Meridian, Idaho native, Janice Berryman will be “sharing her spare”, or, giving away one of her kidneys. It’s a sacrifice that not a lot of people would do. For her it was an easy choice. Janice’s best friend also happens to be her sister Patty. So, when her brother-in-law Frank, got the news that after nine years…
Continue Reading »

I made an 11 year old little girl cry

I made an 11 year old little girl cry and I’ll do it again. I’ve made many people cry over the years. As a reporter/videographer working in the local TV news business, I interviewed countless people on their worst day. People who lost loved ones. People who lost all of their worldly possessions in hurricanes, tornadoes, fires and floods. People…
Continue Reading »

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…
Continue Reading »

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…
Continue Reading »

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…
Continue Reading »

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…
Continue Reading »

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…
Continue Reading »

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…
Continue Reading »