Transplant Patient Stories

Transplant Patients Share Their Inspiring Stories 
Every transplant is a unique experience of hope that can bring reassurance to thousands of others. Many who have undergone transplants at Houston Methodist have shared their story. Whether you are a patient, a living donor or a patient’s loved one, your journey of hope and healing can raise awareness about this life-giving gift and bring reassurance to those who are currently waiting for a transplant.

Left Ventricular Assist Device: Curtis’ Story

Diagnosed with congestive heart failure, Curtis Dumesnil became so sick he couldn’t breathe. The left ventricular assist device (LVAD) Houston Methodist doctors implanted vastly improved Dumesnil’s health and his quality of life, allowing him to travel, fish and start his own business. “It’s the smartest thing I ever did,” Dumesnil said. “I haven’t felt this good in years.”

A Living Gift: Kidney Transplant

  • Dawn Dupree traveled all the way from England to have her kidney transplant at Houston Methodist. 
  • Marcy Shipp saved three lives by donating a kidney through the Houston Methodist donor swap program.
  • Candace Wathan had suffered from diabetes since childhood and got a new lease on life through a kidney-pancreas transplant.
  • Kenneth King received the most loving and life-changing gift a spouse could give: a new kidney from his wife, Angie.


A Brand New Beat: Heart Transplant


Giving the Breath of Life: Lung Transplant 


A New Chance at Life: Liver Transplant

  • Leslie Dial was diagnosed with cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. After four years, she received the call she'd been waiting for - a donor liver was ready.
  • Laura Criel found herself fighting to stay alive at age 23 when she received not one liver transplant but two — the second saved her life.
  • Kande Fogle is now cancer free after receiving a life-saving liver transplant. 
  • Tyrone Ivory now lives a life that does not revolve around sickness after receiving a heart-liver transplant.
  • Beverly Lanier is thankful for the treatment she received at Houston Methodist after undergoing a liver transplant to survive cancer.


A Bridge to Transplant: Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADs)

  • Cloyd Powell, a retired soldier, received an LVAD device that helped bridge the gap until a donor heart became available.


New Hope for Diabetics: Islet Transplant 

  • Susan Bienduga suffered from chronic pancreatitis for more than 10 years; now an islet transplant lets her lead a pain-free life.