Medical Checkup for Triple-Transplant Patient

LaJolla Patch | Jaren Whitlock

Navy Veteran Frank Murdock, 53, received three organ transplants at UCSD's Thornton Hospital. He joins a short list of people living with three new organs.

After receiving three organs in two separate transplant surgeries at UC San Diego’s Thornton Hospital, Frank Murdock wants to watch his son graduate from college about 10 years from now more than anything else. But there was a period following Murdock’s most recent surgery on June 25 when doctors weren’t sure if that dream was realistic. It’s not the first time people have worried he wouldn’t be able to witness his son, Christopher, now 11, walk across the commencement stage.

“What kept me going through all of this is my family,” Murdock said. “Without them sticking by me 100 percent, I wouldn’t be here.”


Transplants sometimes work out sometimes is a period of trying when you can understand whether the body is reacting positively to the new transplanted organ.