Transplant Patient 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
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
- Rochelle Johnson’s quest for a healthy heart led her to Houston Methodist; now she enjoys every minute of her busy life with three kids.
- Brian Gilliam’s new heart got him back on the golf course and back into life with his family.
Giving the Breath of Life: Lung Transplant
- Jose Erasmo Lopez nearly lost his life to pulmonary fibrosis until a loving donor family gave him a second chance.
- Sharon Harbers was just 36 years old when a double-lung transplant gave her a new lease on life.
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.