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A Mothers Transplant Story

After years of questions regarding her own health, in 2008 Heather received an official diagnosis.

“I was diagnosed in 2008 with Polymyositis with lung disease. I was previously diagnosed with Lupis prior, and it took a lot of doctors and me getting sick at altitude to realize something there was something wrong with my lungs, and after many years I needed a double lung transplant.”

Donation depends on blood type, height, weight, hospital location, timing, and other data in Unos system to find the best match.

And although the news came with hardship nearly 8 years of waiting for a donor, on November 8th, 2016, Heather got the call.

“It’s so hard to describe because I am so grateful for my donor and her family for saying yes to organ donation…to give me a second chance at life. A chance to be a mother something that I thought wasn’t going to happen for me.”

And exactly one month ago, Heather and her husband welcomed their first child into the world.

“We have been really wanted him for the last several years even before I was sick, but we always had to wait until I was stable enough… and then we had the transplant, once that happened, we knew it was off the table for me to carry.”

She now calls baby Asher her miracle baby.

“We met the perfect surrogate and she carried baby Asher for 9 months for us, and we are truly blessed he came in April, donate life month.

“It only takes 30 seconds to register as an organ donor.”

And she emphasizes the importance of being an organ donor.

“Just one person can save the lives of 8 people who are waiting for a transplant. They can benefit through tissue donation to another 100 people. There are so many people waiting on the list, over 7,000 people in PA who are our neighbors who are waiting for a lifesaving transplant.”

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