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Patient Stories

Sometimes, it helps to hear from other people who have experienced an organ transplant. These patients all received new organs at the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center.

Clyde Beard returns to give thanks to the people who saved his life.

Clyde Beard - Liver Transplant

Thankful for surviving a liver transplant in 2008, Clyde Beard returns to the hospital each year to serve a holiday feast.

Zachary Bryon recieved a liver transplant as a child.

Zachary Bryon - Pediatric Liver Transplant

After receiving a liver transplant in 1991, Zachary Bryon and his family began to travel the country promoting organ donation and transplantation awareness. 

Megan Cregger had a heart transplant.

Megan Cregger - Heart Transplant

Born with a congenital heart defect, Megan Cregger was 24 when she had a heart transplant. Just a few weeks later, she was climbing stairs.

Bill Cooke's emphysema caused him to need a lung transplant.

Bill Cooke - Lung Transplant

His emphysema became so severe, Bill Cooke felt he had no other choice than to have a lung transplant. Now, he can do almost anything he wishes.


Antara Desai - Heart-Lung Transplant

After years of battling with tumors,  chemotherapy, and infections, a heart-lung transplant save Antara Desai’s life.

Dan Lineberger required a liver transplant.

Dan Lineberger - Liver Transplant

Within five weeks, Dan Lineberger went from being completely healthy to needing a liver transplant - all because of a dietary supplement.

Pamela Paulk donated one of her kidneys.

Pamela Paulk - Living Kidney Donor

When a Johns Hopkins employee needed a kidney, the Vice President of Human Resources at Johns Hopkins donated one of hers, starting a chain of donations that ultimately saved many lives.

Sam Tiemann had a liver transplant at a young age.

Sam Tiemann - Pediatric Liver Transplant

Born with biliary atresia, Sam came to Johns Hopkins for a liver transplant when he was seven years old. His aunt was his living liver donor.


Organ donation saves multiple lives, including Johns Hopkins patient.

A Johns Hopkins patient was one of several people whose lives were saved because a boxer chose to be an organ donor. See the story on ESPN’s E:60.


Living Kidney Donor

When an employee at the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland decided to become a live kidney donor, she kept a blog about her experience at Johns Hopkins.