Tissue Recipient

When I had a much-needed back surgery the surgeon discovered that the lower vertebras had significant damage and fractures. They had to install a titanium metal structured and two disc implants in order to hold the repair. During this process I did not have sufficient bone to complete the repair and thus the donated tissue was needed to complete the process.

Since the surgery, only 5 weeks, and the tissue transplant I have had my post-op appointment and am told that the healing has gone extremely well and am already able to walk and maneuver to almost normal, and most of all without the daily pain that I had lived with.

My wife and I of 54 years have 4 children, 10 grandchildren and 3 greats. Needless to say we have an active life; and now I will be able to continue to be active with our entire family. I couldn’t wait to share this with our children, who are all registered donors, it made such an impression on all of them knowing firsthand the impact donors have on others’ lives.

I am most appreciative, beyond words, of my tissue donor’s gracious gift. My wife and I and our entire family will be forever grateful. To my donor family, our prayer is that God will bless you and your family as you continue to impact the lives of other people.