“I Could, I Would, and I Did!”

For someone who had never even heard of a living kidney donation before July 2018, within five months, Terri Vining, 63, of Coral, Mich., willingly gave her own kidney to a complete stranger. “I knew nothing about kidney donation. I thought you had to die before you could donate any of your organs,” said Vining. … Read more “I Could, I Would, and I Did!”

Kidney Transplant Recipient Becomes Mom for First Time; Thanks Kidney Transplant Team for New Life for Herself and Son

Every baby is special and a miracle. Newborn Michael Frias, born in January 2019, takes it to another level: three years before he was born, his father donated his kidney to his mother, making his life possible not once, but twice over. “When we were first dating in 2014, I told my now-husband Mike, ‘I … Read more Kidney Transplant Recipient Becomes Mom for First Time; Thanks Kidney Transplant Team for New Life for Herself and Son

“Keeping Hope Alive” Display Honors Hundreds of People Waiting for Kidneys at Mercy Health

A new, temporary exhibit in the hallway of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Campus pays tribute to the 328 people actively waiting on the Mercy Health Kidney Transplant Center list for a kidney. Each person on Mercy Health’s list is honored by a single Monarch butterfly. Titled, “Keeping Hope Alive,” the exhibit stretches more than 50 … Read more “Keeping Hope Alive” Display Honors Hundreds of People Waiting for Kidneys at Mercy Health

Mercy Health Hosts Sole Flag-signing Ceremony in Michigan for Transplant Games

The Donate Life Transplant Games flag made a stop in West Michigan on March 14 to promote the games and draw attention to the need for more organ, eye and tissue donors. Mercy Health Saint Mary’s hosted the special event during which Team Michigan members – transplant recipients, donor family members, living donors and supporters … Read more Mercy Health Hosts Sole Flag-signing Ceremony in Michigan for Transplant Games

Emotional First Meeting Between Kidney Recipient and Deceased Donor’s Family

Two years post- transplant, recipient Brenda Barr exchanges hugs, stories and tears with her deceased donor’s family “I can’t imagine having another chance like this. I am going to take very good care of my gift. I will not take it for granted.” Brenda Barr, kidney recipient at Mercy Health Kidney Transplant Center, received her … Read more Emotional First Meeting Between Kidney Recipient and Deceased Donor’s Family