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The Gift of Life - Organ Donation
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The Gift of Life

The demand for donor hearts is greater than the supply. At any given time, more than 3,000 patients are on the national patient waiting list for a heart transplant, but only about 2,000 donor hearts become available for transplantation in a year. You can help by registering as an organ donor in your state.

You Can Make a Difference 

Sign up to be an organ donor!The most important thing to do is to sign up as an organ and tissue donor in your state's donor registry.

Then, to cover all bases, it's also helpful to:


♥  Designate your decision on your driver's license
♥  Tell your family about your donation decision
♥  Tell your physician, faith leader, and friends 
♥  Include donation in your advance directives & will 
 
 
 

Dr. Bud Frazier, heart surgeon, and Randy Creech, transplant recipient, talk about the 30 year anniversary of the transplant program at THI. Houston doctor holds world records for heart transplants, artificial heart surgeries

Dr. Frazier says it's not about the surgical records that he holds or the heart pumps that he helped develop. He says what keeps him working the long days is the memory of some of the patients that he couldn't save. Video report on ABC 13.

 

Stories from Women - In Their Own Words 

Violet Brabham
"I worked long hours. I went up and down stairs. I was
always energetic."

 

 Rebecca Butler-Holder
"I was born with a congenital heart problem."
  
 

 

Esmeralda Miranda
"After years of frustration . . ."  

 

And watch the video "A Proper Wedding" (YouTube)


 

Celebrating 25 Years of Heart Transplants 

Dr. Bud Frazier is shown surrounded by his patients who attended the 25th anniversary transplant celebration.

Read the personal stories of people who benefited from the gift of life. 

The Bionic Bride and her New Heart

  Allyssa Smith-Babineaux, heart transplant recipient.  Ally Smith-Babineaux talks about her journey. (YouTube) 

One Woman's Story 

Wanda - Interview on Black Voice

Wanda Alexander, third time's the charm
(7-minute video) 

 
 

Twenty-nine Years - A Tremendous Gift  

Charles Washington with Dr. Bud Frazier

Seventy-five-year-old retired research chemist and teacher Charles Washington, thought to be the longest surviving heart transplant recipient (YouTube) 

 

Grandmother Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Heart Transplant 

 
Grandmother celebrates 20th anniversary of heart transplant - Glenda Pay in TMC NewsGlenda Pay celebrated the 20th anniversary of her heart transplant in 2013. Pay's journey began at age 41 when she acquired a bad cough and chest pain that would not subside. Eventually, she was diagnosed with heart failure. After referral to Dr. Bud Frazier at the Texas Heart Institute, physicians determined that Pay's heart disease was familial, affecting only women in the family. She would need a heart transplant. Today, Pay volunteers with the Heart Exchange Support Group and encourages people to register as organ donors. Read the full story: April 15, 2013, Texas Medical Center News.

 See also on this site:

See also on other sites:

MedlinePlus
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/organdonation.html
Organ Donation

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
organdonor.gov/
All about the gift of life, organ and tissue donation.

Donate Life America 
www.donatelife.net
Alliance of organizations committed to increasing organ, eye and tissue donation. 

National Marrow Donor Program
www.marrow.org or bethematch.org  
National program that matches marrow donors and people who need a transplant.


Updated April 2014
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