All Stories

Brandi- Heart Recipient

When I was 27 I delivered my first child, a son, with a few complications, I lost a ton of blood. This put a major strain on my otherwise healthy heart.

Less than 3 months later I was laying in CCU fighting for my life. I was transferred to Vanderbilt University Heart Center with the thought that if I didn’t receive a heart, I would die. They were able to stabilize me for the next 8 years.

Finally the day came where My heart had gotten bad enough that I had to have a heart pump put in.  I had surgery to implant the heart pump on October 14, 2015 and then due to some complications I very quickly, 3 months and 12 days later, received my gift of life on January 26, 2016.

My body fought hard. Recovering from 2 major open heart surgeries only 3 months apart was no easy feat. I’m very thankful for my donor and would not change a thing about my story. My son is now 11, he was 8 at the time of transplant. I’m grateful and thankful to be able to spend these 3 precious years with him. I hope to spend another 30 or more with him.

I think everyone should be a donor. My son would be without a mom had I not received a heart. There are so many more stories like mine but they don’t get the happy ending because they never receive an organ. Please donate. Sign up today.