Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Woman celebrates 25th heart transplant anniversary

A few weeks ago, Jan Vaughn celebrated the 25th anniversary of her heart transplant. She was the first Tennessee woman to receive a heart transplant when she received the gift of life at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville in 1985. She required the transplant after developing cardiomyopathy while pregnant with her only daughter.

According to the article, State's First Woman Heart Transplant Celebrates 25 Years of Life, on, Vaughn is the only one still living out of the eight heart transplants St. Thomas performed in 1985. Interestingly, St. Thomas is also where I received my "second chance" in 2007. Congratulations to Jan. Hopefully, one day I too will celebrate a 25th transplant anniversary.

You can help give others a "second chance" by visiting the Donate Life America website and then clicking on "Commit to Donation" to learn how to sign up to be an organ and tissue donor in your state. In many states, you can sign up right there at your computer !!
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