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Bill Coon

Bill Coon

Age: 21
In 1989, Bill Coon was born with a congenital heart defect. That year, he became the fourth infant heart transplant in the Midwest, and the eighth in the nation. At the age of twenty, his transplanted heart began to fail. Due to a lifetime of taking medication, his kidneys failed as well.After he was diagnosed with end-stage heart and kidney failure, Bill unknowingly began writing his first...

Julie Bonn

Julie Bonn

Age: 23
Julie had a liver transplant in October of 2000 at the ripe age of 12 after a diagnosis of Acute Liver Failure.  she was a perfectly healthy child until the very beginning of 7th grade.  Julie started to get sick in early September with the symptoms of vomiting and being a little tired.  Julie writes: At first my pediatrician thought I had the flu but after a week of not...

Josh Morrison

Josh Morrison

Age: 28
My decision to donate my kidney to a stranger came bit by bit and not all at once. When I was in college, I readabout the experiences of a woman who needed a kidney transplant, and the concept intrigued me. I was interested to find out that, besides saving another person’s life, kidney donation is a laparoscopic surgery that involves a hospital stay of only two to three days –...

Muran Veniszee

Muran Veniszee

Age: 31
(Check out this article about Muran's upcoming trip to the World Transplant Games in So Africa)Murans' journey through his heart world began very early.  At just three months he was diagnosed with tetralogy of fallot,a congenital heart defect which is classically understood to involve four anatomical abnormalities of the heart (although only three of them are always...

Alex Boyer: A Remembrance

Alex Boyer: A Remembrance

Young Alex Boyer knew how to have fun. He lived on a hill in a tiny mining community in rural Pennsylvania, and one of his hobbies was rolling tires down the hill into the neighboring farmer’s pond--a hobby the farmer was none too happy about. He liked to watch certain programs on television, sometimes in the morning right before school. Fortunately, in that small town, his school was a...

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