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Giving their hearts to their patients

A Vietnam veteran. A former educator. A great-grandfather. A mother of two. They are among the six heart transplant recipients who came to Baptist Memphis recently to thank the donor families whose selfless decisions saved their lives.

Our Baptist Memphis heart transplant team, along with our partners at the Mid-South Transplant Foundation, arranged for the recipients to meet their donors’ families in person for the first time. It was the largest event of its kind, and you can read more about it here, on our Better Health blog.

We have hosted these events before, and as you can imagine, they are incredibly moving. Our transplant team devotes a great deal of time and effort to plan them, not because they have to, but because they want to, for our patients. I’m so proud of the work our team does, but I’m even more proud of their hearts. They work tirelessly to take care of their patients, before and after their transplants, and inside and outside of their hospital rooms.

Our heart transplant program has been around since 1985, and our team has performed close to 400 transplants. They have built a world-class program, and I’m so grateful that — because of their hard work — we can offer our community such an important service.

For more information about organ donation, please visit midsouthtransplant.org.

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