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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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Miracles do happen

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

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

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

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...

Never knew I was sick

Never knew I was sick

I woke up one Sunday morning in March, 2017 with my left arm swollen. I thought it was my heart so I went to a local ER and was diagnosed with cirrhosis and told I would need a transplant in 1 1/2 -2 years. I asked for a referral to Ohio State , was admitted for 22...

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