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Easton's Story

Easton2Easton was born at 33 weeks on June 23, 2013 weighing 4lbs, 4oz and 17 ¼ inches long via emergency c-section. Easton was born with several complicated medical issues including an imperforate anus requiring his first surgery to get a colostomy bag when he was just a few hours old. He was also born with penol scrotol transposition, and a hernia. A couple weeks after he was born and while he was still in the NICU his potassium got way too high, it was scary. He had to have another surgery to get a Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter placed. They started dialysis on him right away and he was on it continuous for dialysis for 24 hours, and that's all he needed. His labs starting looking better every day and he was finally drinking all of his bottles. It was a wonderful feeling. Easton was in the NICU for 6 weeks and was finally discharged to go home on August 2, 2013.

Easton went home with no feeding tube, no dialysis (only the catheter), and only on a few meds. Initially, he did so well at home! We made sure he ate every 4 hours and drank a certain amount in a certain time or we would need to take him in. He also needed his medicine every 3 hours. We were busy, that's for sure but it was so worth it to have him home! The doctor even considered taking out his Peritoneal dialysis catheter since he wasn't using it and there was a good chance it could have gotten infected.EastonMomDad

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Lisa J's Story

LisaJohnsonMy story begins at birth when I was diagnosed with a disease known as Congenital Glaucoma. This left me without sight in my left eye, and with almost no sight in my right eye. My family tried to seek a cure for my blindness and over the course of my childhood, had more than two dozen surgeries to try to give me some sight. I never wanted my blindness to define me, however, and so I committed myself to accomplishing all that I wanted to do regardless of having vision. I learned to use Braille, walk with a cane and use other computer technology to assist me in school. I graduated from high school with honors and enrolled in college to become a teacher. While my life was not without challenges, I worked hard to make my dreams come true.

I feel that God has blessed my life in so many ways, one of which came in 2001 when I was introduced to a doctor who thought that a cornea transplant might help me gain some sight. I was overwhelmed by the possibility. So, in June of 2001 I underwent a cornea transplant in my right eye. Unfortunately, the surgery was not a success. I was disappointed but the doctor wasn't about to give up. I went onto a waiting list for a transplant in January of 2002 and on May 7, 2002, I got the call that a cornea was available. I remember, so vividly what it was like when I was able to take the patch off for the first time. Everything was so bright. While it takes months to fully recover from a cornea transplant and everything was blurry, I could see someone next to me. The voice said, "Can you see me?" and I could, it was my mother. It was the first time I saw the face of another human being clearly.

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Jan's Story

I have not met the heroes in my life, but I live everyday with them under my heart.

Twenty five years ago, I struggled to make it through each day. Diabetes had severely compromised my kidney function and eyesight.  I was waiting for a miracle so I could become productive again.Jan Moore

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Chris Steinbach’s Story

My dad died of a heart attack at age 57, which maybe should have been a clue that I might face heart issues in the future.  And, sure enough, in 1980 I had a quadruple heart bypass. After more heart surgery in 1986, I was told that I needed a heart transplant. My cardiologist attempted to schedule an evaluation at Stanford in California, but I was turned down due to my age of 61 years. (At that time, Stanford had a cutoff age of 59.) However, on April 9, 1987 my wife Judy and I packed two small suitcases and flew to Salt Lake City for an evaluation.  The good news was that I was accepted, but I was entirely too sick to return home.ChrisandJudySteinback

At that point I was put on oxygen to begin my wait for a heart transplant. We found an apartment in a complex that had several other potential heart transplant recipients. My condition continued to worsen, making the six week wait seem like an eternity, however in retrospect I was exceedingly fortunate that a heart became available in such a short time. On Memorial Day we were called to the L.D.S. Hospital, where I was transplanted with the donated heart of a 17 year old young man. Our summer was spent with doctor appointments, many heat biopsies, lots of walking, and becoming acquainted with the other people in the complex who had received transplants or were still waiting. At the end of August, the Director of the Transplant Program released me to return home to Council Bluffs, IA. I asked him for a "guarantee" for my new heart, to which he replied "There are no guarantees in life, but your new heart will outlast the rest of your old body!!!"

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Amber's Story

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 When I was 7 years old, my family found out that one of my kidneys never developed from birth and the other was badly scarred from recurrent infections. We were told at that point that, as I grew, my kidney wouldn't be able to keep up and I'd eventually need a transplant. That day came when I was 15, when I was told I had 25% kidney function and needed to get listed for transplant. Thankfully, my mom was a match and gave me her kidney a couple of months later. Her kidney lasted 8 years before I was once again facing dialysis or transplant.

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