Friday, August 28, 2009
During a domino liver transplant, doctors take the first liver from a deceased donor and transplant it into a recipient. That recipient's liver then is transplanted into a second recipient. The patients, a 24-year-old battling Maple Syrup Urine Disease and a 53-year-old suffering from HIV and Hepatitis C contracted from a blood transfusion in the 1980's, are recovering in an Atlanta hospital.
For the entire story, please visit the WSB News Atlanta Web site.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
- Steve Colantoni (heart) at Duke University Medical Center
- Cynthia Curtis (double lung) at Barnes-Jewish Hospital
- Jaden Dhaliwal (bone marrow) at Duke University Medical Center
- Russell Ford (heart) at University of North Carolina Hospital
- Nate Gunderson (heart) at Sacred Heart Medical Center
- Brenda Hall (kidney) at Methodist University Hospital
- Albert Jafolla (kidney) at Florida Hospital
- Gary Johnston (liver) at University of Kansas Hospital
- Rajinder Kaur (kidney) at University of Utah Health Care
- Juan Lasalle (liver) at Methodist University Hospital
- Barbara Panell (lung) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Monday, August 24, 2009
Well, the title is partially true. I am in the Gold Coast with Team USA to swim in the World Transplant Games against the best transplant athletes in the world. However, I would not be in this position without the support of NFT in my life, both pre and post-transplant. NFT’s impact continues to this day.
As my family began the process of waiting for the phone call that could save my life in June 2005, we had to decide how to raise enough money to not only pay for my surgery and recovery, but also the years of expenses to follow. This was an arduous task, considering I was dying from heart failure after living with cardiomyopathy for 15 long years. NFT offered me wise counsel and great resources to set and reach our goal of $35,000. We were fortunate to have Connie Gonitzke as our advisor/coach during the fundraising. We met the goal!
Now, after four years of good health, I have been blessed to swim for Team NC at the 2006 & 2008 U.S. Transplant Games, winning seven gold medals and setting four American records. This year, I have the honor of representing Team USA as an elite transplant athlete, swimming with transplant recipients from 50 different countries. I will compete in five individual events: 50 & 100 meter backstroke, 50 & 100 meter breaststroke, 400 meter freestyle, as well as both the men's medley and freestyle relays!
I will compete in Brisbane, Australia on August 26 and 27. As I ponder this upcoming experience, I am humbled to be in this situation. There were many dark and frightening days during my illness, when my wife and two daughters were not sure if I would survive much longer. Therefore, I am filled with gratitude for the countless people who helped lift me to a position where I can strive for a gold medal at the World Games. NFT has played a pivotal role in making this dream a reality.
Swimming for life,
Visit Brian’s blog at http://www.heart2swim.com/ for updates during the World Transplant Games!