After years of waiting, one McCreary County family finally had an answer to their prayers with an incredible gift. Paige West is a beautiful 17 year old who has suffered from cystic fibrosis since birth. The inherited disease also affects Paige’s old sister and two cousins, although to a lesser extent. She lost an aunt […]
Gift of Life Stories
My name is John Mays, a 63 year old son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather, that can continue to be part of my loved ones lives today because of organ donation. I am from Morgan County, but now live in Oldham County. I spent over 25 years in the Jefferson County School System’s Information Technology […]
Donna Vance, cousin of Whitley Co. Circuit Court Clerk Gary Barton, received her liver transplant in 2011.
“I had a rare lung disease called P.P.H. I was on the waiting list for 21 months. I had my transplant at University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington. I was out in an apartment within 17 days. I have done really well. I am a lung recipient for over 18 years.” – Linda Cox Sadly, […]
My daughter, Jessica, was born with Biliary Atresia, a liver disease that affects 1 in 20,000 births. Girls are affected slightly more often than boys, and no ethnic group appears to be more affected than any other. Biliary Atresia is not known to be hereditary. Jessica had a Kasai procedure at just under 7 weeks […]
DeWayne Rapier was a Hancock County Graduate. He had two children, Josh & Leah. He died at age 20, but saved & healed lives through the gift of donation. He was a hero.
I was diagnosed with Chronic liver failure in 1998. I was back and forth to the doctors and transplant center through 2010. I acquired cirrhosis’ of the liver by getting Hepatitis C through a blood transfusion in the early 1980’s. This was before they ever knew about this disease. They knew about Hepatitis A and […]
(PHOTO BY BETHANY BILLICK) Eleanor Westenhofer, happy and healthy after a life-saving heart transplant As baby Eleanor Westenhofer waited for a heart transplant, her parents Damon and Lindsey took turns spending the night with her at Kosair Children’s Hospital. It was Lindsey’s night when that important call came. The cardiovascular nurse-practitioner on the phone asked […]
**UPDATE** Anna received her transplant in May 2012. She is DOING GREAT! Imagine laying in bed at night, trying to scratch an itch that you can’t reach. That is what Anna Parish deals with. It is part of a liver illness that this charming little girl has lived with for all of her 11 […]
Carissa was the second of my four beautiful daughters, she was born Feb. 6th 1979. She chose her birthday between her dad’s and her grandmother’s. I should have realized then what a headstrong child and lady she would become. Her dad and grandmother use to drive me crazy […]