Record lives saved in Texas through organ transplants in 2017

KXXV |  Holly Stouffer
Source: Shirley Holden
HARKER HEIGHTS, TX (KXXV) - The Southwest Transplant Alliance (STA), a non-profit organ procurement organization based in Dallas, has saved a record-breaking number of lives for the second year in a row.

With the help of 385 donors, the STA made 1,267 organs available for transplant in 2017. This marks STA’s highest number of organs transplanted and organ donors in a single year, topping last year’s record of 1,210 from 380 donors.

Many of these organs offer a second chance at life to people like Shirley Holden.

"Well it started a long time ago," said Holden. "I've had an enlarged heart for years, but I was able to adapt to that."

Her doctor visits at Seton Medical Center in Austin started in October of 2016. She received devastating news in January.

"He said you're in heart failure and he said if you had gone back to work in six months you would've been dead," said Holden.

Holden was fitted with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) in February. This machine buys patients more time as it helps the heart pump blood to the rest of the body. Continue reading

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