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  • Stories of Hope
    was an active 20 year old at the height of his athletic career and living out his dream playing collegiate football His life changed when during a routine physical doctors were alarmed by his dangerously low blood pressure and rushed him to the emergency room Edward went from the football field to the hospital bed after doctors diagnosed him with end stage Renal Disease or kidney failure Within weeks Edward was adjusting to the routine of dialysis and his name was placed on the waiting list for a kidney transplant He attended dialysis three times a week and was unable to resume the physical activities he enjoyed so much In the early weeks of his diagnosis Edward questioned why he was chosen to fight this battle But as time passed he began to rethink the curve life had thrown him and instead of focusing on Why me he thought Why not me and a new dream was formed The pain fear and confusion of my diagnosis along with my passion to help youth like myself inspired me to form the YNOTT Foundation Youth Needing Organ and Tissue Transplants said Edward Tell your story Has your life been touched by organ eye or tissue donation either as a donor family transplant candidate family or as a recipient Tell us your story The YNOTT Foundation is dedicated to raising donor awareness educating our youth on healthy habits and assisting youth and their families emotionally and financially It is our goal to decrease the total number of deaths yearly of individuals in need of transplants nationwide caused by lack of donors On October 8 2008 Edward received his life changing call that a kidney was available to him He not only received a new kidney but a new outlook on life Each day

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  • Stories of Hope
    a hero Register Gary s Story I didn t think I d live to see 50 Gary heart recipient In his late thirties Gary was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy a disease that commonly causes congestive heart failure As time passed Gary s condition worsened Eventually he was given a pacemaker and defibrillator and placed on the waiting list for a heart transplant In 2002 while being hospitalized for another surgery to install a HeartMate a device which helps the heart beat doctors gave Gary the news he had been waiting for He would be receiving a heart instead of another device Tell your story Has your life been touched by organ eye or tissue donation either as a donor family transplant candidate family or as a recipient Tell us your story Since his transplant Gary works full time at his own construction business and enjoys volunteering for Life Connection of Ohio In 2010 Gary celebrated his 50th birthday a milestone he never thought he would live to see Thanks to the incredible generosity of a donor Gary went from barely surviving to living fully His transplants gave him the opportunity to work volunteer and celebrate his second chance at life with

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  • Stories of Hope
    family for re gifting me with life Glen heart recipient At a yearly physical in February 2000 doctors found a plugged artery in Glen s heart Immediately Glen was given a coronary stent to help keep his artery open After continued chest pain medication and another stent doctors told Glen his heart was deteriorating at a rapid pace and scheduled an appointment at the University Hospital heart clinic on September 12 2011 The doctors and nurses Glen was scheduled to see had been in Washington D C prior to his appointment and due to the events of September 11 2001 they were not able to fly back to Ohio Upon returning safely home a week later doctors placed Glen on the transplant list for a new heart On April 7 2002 just six days after receiving a defibrillator Glen was given a new heart Glen credits his recovery to his wife Ruby Tell your story Has your life been touched by organ eye or tissue donation either as a donor family transplant candidate family or as a recipient Tell us your story He says that had she not been by his side he would not have made it Glen and

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  • Stories of Hope
    Register Jessica s Story and that is the beginning of the rest of my life Jessica multivisceral transplant recipient Jessica was only 16 years old when she became symptomatic of what doctors would discover to be Progressive Autonomic Failure a rare disease that results in pseudo obstruction of the intestinal tract There is no cure for the rare disease instead it is managed through symptom control Jessica was distraught but was eventually able to come to terms with and understand her diagnosis Organ transplantation was suggested to Jessica the night before being discharged from the hospital with palliative care measures Jessica was only 24 years old After deciding that organ transplantation was her only hope Jessica contacted a transplant surgeon in Pittsburgh PA I began the work up to receive a multivisceral transplant said Jessica And that is the beginning of the rest of my life Jessica underwent a multivisceral transplant procedure which included a successful transplant of the intestine liver pancreas and stomach The organs she received came from two donors who selflessly made a decision that saved Jessica s life Tell your story Has your life been touched by organ eye or tissue donation either as a donor family transplant candidate family or as a recipient Tell us your story Today Jessica considers herself as not just surviving but living life with her husband and family She works full time and attends school and plans to eventually pursue her Master s Degree in Human Donation Science If it wasn t for the awesome gifts of life that I was blessed with I wouldn t be here today and none of this would be possible said Jessica I was given the most incredible second chance and thank my organ donors and their families every day for that opportunity They

    Original URL path: http://www.donatelifeohio.org/storiesofhope/recipients/jessica-multivisceral (2016-04-27)
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  • Stories of Hope
    With the help of doctors and her family Kate was able to keep her health stable until 1993 when it began to rapidly deteriorate after her right set of kidneys completely failed and her left set was only 10 percent functional Kate s doctors thought if they removed her right set of kidneys her left set would work harder but her doctors were wrong One month after the removal of her right kidneys Kate s left set failed completely and she was placed on peritoneal dialysis Desperate to get Kate healthy and off dialysis Kate s family members were tested to see if they could donate a kidney to her Through family being tested we found out that my dad was a match said Kate However the doctors wanted to use him as a backup donor and try for a deceased donor first I was put on the transplant waiting list on August 1 1993 On September 29 1994 at 3 30 a m Kate and her family received the long awaited phone call alerting them a kidney was available Just five days after receiving the transplant Kate s new kidney failed and had to be removed For three years following the removal Kate was without kidneys and on dialysis a treatment that was hard on a child s system Finally on January 2 1997 once Kate s body was ready for another transplant her dad donated a kidney to her giving her a second chance at a normal childhood and a healthy future Tell your story Has your life been touched by organ eye or tissue donation either as a donor family transplant candidate family or as a recipient Tell us your story I felt amazing after surgery but my parents said I probably never remembered feeling well because

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  • Stories of Hope
    someone in need Loretta liver recipient On April 9 2009 Loretta was told that 90 percent of her liver was damaged and she had only two days to live She was immediately placed on the transplant waiting list Each day she was sick Loretta made a promise to herself and God that if she received a transplant she would strive to make others aware of the importance of donation One month after her diagnosis on May 10 2009 a liver became available and Loretta had a successful transplant surgery With the help of my faith in God and the skill and compassion of those at The University Hospital I was made new said Loretta I was given another chance at life Loretta s recovery is slow but says she counts each day as a blessing to be a mother to her three children and two grandchildren Tell your story Has your life been touched by organ eye or tissue donation either as a donor family transplant candidate family or as a recipient Tell us your story As a result of this life changing experience I have found my purpose and I don t take anything for granted said Loretta I

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  • Stories of Hope
    11 2011 with kids lining up on the pool s edge waiting to be splashed Robert slipped on the diving board falling hard on his knee I immediately knew that something was terribly wrong says Robert Robert s fears were confirmed when doctors told him he had suffered a complete rupture of his patellar tendon The injury meant that he may never be cleared to work on an ambulance or fight a fire again Robert was devastated as he entered surgery to try to repair the tendon Upon waking from the surgery I was in a full leg cast and was told that the injury was worse than expected said Robert My surgeon explained that my tendon was only about 50 percent viable so my options were to wear a brace for the rest of my life or have a second surgery using donor tissue In July 2011 after weeks of researching Robert underwent the second surgery using donor tissue Donor tissue was the best option for me because it would give me the best quality of life says Robert I knew if I was lucky enough the donor tissue would allow me to return to serving my community After the surgery Robert worked with his physical therapist to return to his firefighting and EMS position and signed up to become a Donate Life Ambassador Tell your story Has your life been touched by organ eye or tissue donation either as a donor family transplant candidate family or as a recipient Tell us your story Within five weeks Robert was walking unassisted and each day made progress toward his goal In February 2012 after months of therapy he was cleared for duty and able to rejoin the fire department That same month he fought his first fire since the injury

    Original URL path: http://www.donatelifeohio.org/storiesofhope/recipients/robert-tissue (2016-04-27)
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  • Stories of Hope
    to be a life changing drug for CF patients After becoming a registered dietician Tonya met her husband and was surprised at how understanding he was of her disease They were elated when they discovered she was pregnant something she had accepted might never happen for her Tonya and her husband named their baby boy Eric after her brother who passed away from CF While enjoying motherhood Tonya s lung function began to decline In 2003 her biggest fear became a reality when doctors told her she would need a double lung transplant and that her wait could be up to two years Because Tonya was a petite woman she would need a child s lungs While making her son breakfast in 2004 Tonya received a call from the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland telling her lungs had become available Tonya was overwrought with emotions and questions but in the end she knew she needed the transplant so she could live to see her son grow up Her lung capacity had dropped to only 19 percent The lungs Tonya received were a perfect fit and she recovered well physically from the transplant but emotionally it took longer Tonya discovered her lungs came from a ten year old boy something both she and her husband struggled with What I never wanted to experience what my mother experienced so many years ago now another family was experiencing that same grief said Tonya And I am alive because of it Since her surgery Tonya has learned to cope with her grief and appreciate the energy her donor s lungs have given her She has even participated and medaled in the Transplant Games Today Tonya helps raise funds for CF charities and takes every opportunity to promote the importance of donation Tell your story Has

    Original URL path: http://www.donatelifeohio.org/storiesofhope/recipients/tonya-double-lung (2016-04-27)
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