Right now in Wyoming, there are close to 200 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. About 60 percent of Wyomingites are registered organ, eye, and tissue donors. Nationally, 20 people die waiting for an organ every day. On the other hand, over 80 successful transplant surgeries are performed every day.
Some would say those who get organ transplants are lucky, but family members of one Wyoming girl say they're blessed to see her happy and healthy.
You would never know that Caydence—or Cayde, as her family calls her—would be the energetic and enthusiastic girl she is today by looking at pictures from before her surgery. Just a few years ago, Cayde was on a waiting list for a double lung transplant.
“Cayde was born with a heart defect,” explained Patricia Shuttle, Cayde’s grandmother. “Also lung hypertension, which is high blood pressure of the lungs—that’s the easiest way to explain it. She also had pulmonary vein stenosis, which means that her heart defect kind of closed off her lungs, which is what her need for having a double lung transplant was. So Cayde was listed for almost four years. Continue reading
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