Ottawa native undergoes double transplant

Putnam Sentinel | Nancy Kline

John Hermiller is home recovering following a pancreas

OTTAWA — John Hermiller, an Ottawa-Glandorf graduate, is grateful someone made a decision to allow a young man who was killed in a vehicle crash, to be an organ donor. This decision has meant a whole new life for the former Ottawa resident.

On Aug. 14, Hermiller received a kidney and pancreas transplant at the University of Cincinnati Hospital. He is home now recovering and feeling much better than he has for a long time.

Hermiller said he has had health problems for several years fighting uncontrolled blood sugars.

“I’ve been on an insulin pump for ten years,” said Hermiller.

He said his problems worsened in 2012 when his insulin pump was not working correctly. Hermiller said he had been in the hospital for five days and was released.

“I was home for only eight hours when I had to call an ambulance,” Hermiller said. The doctors told Hermiller he had had a heart attack and his blood sugars were over 1,000. Continue reading