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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R.J. – A Hero at age 2

A brilliant little boy, RJ started walking at 8 ½ months and potty trained himself at 18 months. He had a vocabulary of 175 words and the coordinating ASL signs. RJ loved to play basketball, dance, swim, play with dogs, and feed the ducks. And let’s not forget his shades, RJ love to wear glasses—sun, 3D, goggles, even Mommy’s prescriptions….
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Missing Oscar’s Smile

Oscar was one of four children. He was a good student who enjoyed and did well in school. He especially loved reading anything he could put his hands on. He was loved by the members of his church where he participated in many activities. Oscar was an excellent son, respected by all. He had a smile for everyone he met….
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A Co-experience with Joy – Conrad’s Story

Conrad is the fourth of our seven children. He had many talents and interests—he could quote Shakespeare, diagnose your sick fish, fix your crashed computer, or dissect a possum. He could juggle anything toss-able and loved magic tricks. He could challenge your best argument or encompass you with his heart-melting hug. Conrad loved animals, harboring many varieties over the years…
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A Heart for Christmas – Verl’s Story

Verl is a Vietnam Veteran. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1961 through 1969. The Salt Lake County resident describes himself as the luckiest man in the world. A few years ago when his heart began to fail, he was told he would need a heart transplant. He expected a very long wait. This is where his luck began….
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The First Liver Transplant in Utah – Lyle’s Story

When Lyle first became sick back in 1982, liver transplants were not being done in Utah. As his liver disease progressed, exciting things were happening in the field of transplantation in Utah. The liver transplant program in Utah started in late 1985 and Lyle was the second person on this list. When the call came, Lyle learned that he would…
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