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Stories of Hope

Stories of hope

True resilience

Latasha Traynham's 2019 double lung transplant restored her to an active life. Her family and transplant team gifted her with encouraging messages on a lung pillow. And Resilience, an art exhibit at the Gallery at UNOS, was put in motion by her daughter to honor her strength and perseverance.

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The Ripple Effect of Donation

In 2014, at the age of 25 Lisa was hours away from dying due to acute liver failure when she received a life-saving liver transplant from her donor, Courtney Sterling.

Miracles do happen

On July 18,2019 I received a heart and double lung transplant and it has been the best thing that has every happened to me. Also knowing that I was the first person to receive a heart and double lung transplant in San Diego in 2019.

Jameson’s story: The transplant that came out of left field

Jason Finney watched his family open gifts together through FaceTime with his wife, Sarah, on Christmas Day in 2017. Jason traveled out of state the day prior to support his father who required breathing assistance from a ventilator at the time. “Um – Jameson just...

Solitary Kidney Siblings

Eight years ago, my brother Josh, who was 19 at the time, donated his kidney to my Dad at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. It was a miracle how well the transplant worked. My sister, Hannah, and I were so inspired by what we saw that we knew one day, we wanted to be...

My second heartbeat

Monique Acosta House was your typical college student 20 years ago with the daily schedule filled with work and classes. She began to notice that she was feeling more tired than usual and had left arm pain. Her friend suggested that she should get that checked out by...

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