More than 900 Kentuckians are currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Read about patients who have received their gift of life, and learn more about their stories.
Zack Poe, 21, of Maysville, Ky., received his new heart in July at the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital, approximately six months after being placed on the transplant list. Poe was implanted with the total artificial heart (TAH) on Feb. 10, 2012, after being diagnosed with heart failure. Read more.
Mike Hill went to bed the night before his 54th birthday wondering what kind of cake he might have the next day. A phone call early the next morning changed those plans. Instead of cake, he would be getting a new heart at UK HealthCare. Read more.
When WAVE 3 Chief Meteorologist Tom Wills retired in July 2009, his only goal was to spend more time with his wife, two daughters and two grandchildren. But those plans came to a screeching halt early this year when a medical scare nearly took his life. Read more.
Charles Shelton knew there was a history of cardiovascular disease in his family, so he maintained a healthy diet and exercised regularly. But in May 2011, during an elective surgery, he went into complete heart block – a condition where the heart’s electrical system short circuits. Read more.
David Morrow, the 57-year-old science and language arts teacher at East Washington Middle School in Pekin, Ind., is now in his 35th year of teaching and still going strong. That alone is impressive. Even more impressive? The fact that Morrow is back in his classroom today after undergoing a combined heart and kidney transplant at UK HealthCare. Read more.
Nelson was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus at age 17 and rheumatoid arthritis at age 22. But four years ago, she also developed pulmonary hypertension, a deadly disease that attacks the blood vessels in the lungs and is fatal without timely treatment. Read more.
By December 2010, it was so hard for Ernie Gillispie to breathe that he could not walk five feet on his own. He was forced to use a wheelchair. He became weaker and weaker, and his prospects were grim. “I didn’t think I was going to make it,” he said. But then Gillespie and his wife of 34 years, Vanessia, came to UK HealthCare. Read more.
Nicole's had cystic fibrosis since she was born, but over time her lungs have scarred. Nicole's conditioned became so bad that her mom, Teresa, wasn't sure Nicole was going to make it. She says before she knew it, her little girl was in the hospital, hooked up to IVs, unsure of how her daughter's body would react to the transplant. Read more.
Kevin Bauereis' wife of seven years, Kara, prayed every day for a transplant for her husband. "I believed that it was going to come, but it was getting very difficult to see our future. It was really coming down to the last minute," she says. A year later, 30-years-old Kevin has a new lease on life. Read more.
“The breathing was getting really bad, I was running out of breath constantly,” Sid Vahal said. “I could barely get out of bed and walk around to do normal activities.”
His prognosis was so poor that doctors indicated Vahal had only hours to live. Read more.
Mary Jo Perkins came down with a dose of what she thought was the flu that just wouldn’t go away. A trip to UK hospital, then the bombshell. Not only was Mary Jo's liver in terrible shape, she needed a transplant. However, being put on a donor list usually means a wait lasting weeks, months, or even years. Read more.