Donation Stories

Thousands of successful transplant surgeries have been performed this year alone! These amazing testimonies help illustrate the human impact of organ donation both on the recipients and the donor families.


Organ Recipient Testimonials

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 JePahl received a kidney transplant which allowed him to get off dialysis and resume a normal life. Watch JePahl talk about his life after transplantation.











Carlee has not stopped moving since she received a new heart when she was almost 2 years old. Today, Carlee is a dancer, aspiring model, and actress. She wants to attend a big college, become a choreographer, and own a dance studio someday!



Arnulfo Ornelas of Synder, Texas was 6 when he received his new heart. The Garcia family chose to help the families of other children once there was nothing more that could be done for their son. While their hearts continue to ache, they are comforted that Brandon's heart beats strongly in Arnulfo's chest, and that Arnulfo has been able to do all of the things that young boys do.
After a short time waiting on the list, Nefeterius received her new liver, met her donor’s family, and became an outspoken donation advocate. Anyone near Nefeterius for long is sure to hear her heartwarming story!
In a wedding fit for a princess, Esmeralda Miranda, a heart recipient, said “I do” to the man who has stood by her "in sickness and in health.” Esmeralda wanted to share this day with the world because she wanted others to hear the message that through the generosity of organ donation, her dreams have come true.
Andrea was diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition in the 1970s, when cornea transplants were not yet available. She resigned herself to the likelihood that she’d be blind by her teens. Fortunately, her eyesight degenerated slowly and she received a new cornea in her 30s. Without the transplant, Andrea’s job handling media relations for a parks and recreation department would have been impossible. Andrea is tremendously grateful to her donor’s family for helping her see again.
Sean Elliott's return to the San Antonio Spurs in 2000 made him the first professional athlete to return to his sport after a kidney transplant. Read more about his story in this USAToday article.



Organ Donor Testimonials
After Clay died from injuries during football practice, his teammates wanted to understand why he made the choice to donate his organs. They remember Clay with annual events, scholarships, and of course, by registering as organ donors. Watch Linda Jones’ testimonial about Clay’s decision to donate.

Watch the moving story of Chris Henry, a Cincinnati Bengals NFL receiver who died in 2009 following an accident and became an organ and cornea donor. Watch Chris' mother talk about the decision to donate in this touching news story featured on Donate Life North Carolina.









Everson Walls (a former Dallas Cowboy) donated a kidney to one of his former teammates. This transplant was the first time former professional sports teammates have shared an organ. Read more about his inspiring gift in this Yahoo Voices Article.

Oscar Robertson, a former basketball player, expresses his passion for spreading awareness about organ donation and health awareness after donating a kidney to his daughter Tia. Learn more about what drives him to spread the word about organ donation in this inspirational article featured on The Big O Website.

Many of these donation stories are courtesy of Donate Life Texas and Southwest Transplant Alliance.