Twin Falls man celebrates Christmas after double organ transplant

TIMES NEWS MAGIC VLLEY | Julie Wootton- Greener

SALT LAKE CITY — Think of the best Christmas present you’ve ever received. A great gift, sure. You might never forget it. But David Cooper’s is better.

After years of health struggles, David Cooper, a Twin Falls resident, underwent a double organ transplant Dec. 1 at Intermountain Health Care in Utah, receiving a new pancreas and a new kidney.

As he recovers this month at his brother’s house, this Christmas will be different than any he’s ever had.

“It’s hard to talk about that without getting emotional,” Cooper said Dec. 15. “I just feel like I’ve gotten a lifetime of presents early this year.”

Cooper was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 16 years ago. That’s somewhat unusual, he said, because it often occurs in children. He also had a viral infection in his late 20s that attacked his pancreas.

“It’s just been something I’ve struggled with for several, several years,” he said. “Because of that, diabetes is hard on the organs.” Continue reading