June 2012

  • From the Boston Herald:

    A former science teacher from Holbrook was New England’s first total artificial heart transplant patient, a jubilant medical team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital announced today.

    “It’s been an amazing journey, and I really can’t believe I’m still here, but I feel great, and I get to live...

  • For kidney transplant patient Karen Simmons, the journey to transplantation is all about raising awareness and hope for others. In 1997, Karen was diagnosed with lupus, which has severely damaged her kidneys. She’s been enduring dialysis treatments for the past thirteen years, and doctors say a kidney transplant is vital.

    Karen always encourages patients to become their own number one advocate and to get...

  • MacKenzie Koppert, a 21-year-old California college student, is raising awareness about the vital need for organ donation. He's currently in a video contest to win an entry into the Kona Ironman World Championship in Hawaii in October.

    He's up against 14 other videos, and the top two videos with the most votes by July 3 will win an entry.

    As MacKenzie put it, "What better arena to promote organ donation than the big island of Hawaii?"


  • GALVESTON — Lung-transplant recipient Mike Bright wound up back at John Sealy Hospital a year after surgery. He wanted it that way.

    “I have a lot of people to thank,” said Bright, 60, an aerospace manager from League City. “My nurses, my doctors, all of the staff — they took care of me like my mother would have.”

    Bright underwent a successful single-lung transplant on June 11, 2011, and returned exactly one year later along with his wife,...

  • Below is a beautiful poem written by transplant patient Karen Simmons.

    Patients With Patience
    Our bodies are sometimes in and out.
    But our inner strength won’t let us doubt.
    About God’s wonderful power; even in our weakest hour.
    We see the sun at the end of the each rainbow,
    Getting brighter; but no one
    Really knows, when our lives will end...

  • Aubrie Miller

    Aubrie began fighting for her life before she was even born. On February 29, her mother learned Aubrie was suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy during a routine ultrasound. After she was born on March 14, little Aubrie was immediately transferred to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas for treatment and care. Doctors said a heart transplant was critical to her...

  • Last month, eight our of patients received lifesaving transplants. We are so excited for them and wish everyone speedy recoveries!