Port Lavaca man receives lifesaving liver transplant

Victoria Advocate | Alayana Alvarez

Johhnie Graham's liver was failing, and he was admitted to Memorial Herman Hospital in Houston, where he spent 74 days preparing for a possible liver transplant. Frank Tilley for The Victoria Advocate

PORT LAVACA - Doctors told Johnnie Graham in July to start phoning family members. He was not going to make it.

Flash-forward two months later, and the 48-year-old Port Lavaca man is "giving all the glory to God" for what he believes is a miracle recovery after receiving a lifesaving liver transplant last month.

"God is amazing - just amazing," Graham said, holding back tears. "He owns my life now."

It all started in May 2014, when Graham sat down to relax at home after working in the oil field all day and saw his legs were severely swollen.

He ignored it.

Days later, he noticed himself falling into spells of forgetfulness, often happening when he was driving.

The turning point came one afternoon when he realized he was so lost that he had to pull over on the side of the road to figure out where he was going. Continue reading