Transplant Success Stories at Medical City Dallas Hospital

For almost 25 years, Medical City Transplant has been making miracles happen. What began in 1991 as a heart transplant program has evolved into a regional center for heart, renal and pancreas. Along the way we continued to lead the way for minimally invasive heart surgeries, giving previously inoperable patients a second chance at life. Here are just a few of our transplant patients' inspiring stories.

Heart Transplant

After suffering from atrial defibrillation and congestive heart failure, and undergoing seven surgeries, he was on the waiting list for 82 days when the call came.

Warren's Story


David Crunk received a heart transplant at Medical City Dallas Hospital, and he developed a special and unexpected connection with the family of his transplant donor.

David's Story


James Vaughan received a new heart after waiting 55 days in ICU, and he is grateful for the extra years added to his life and his wonderful physicians.

James's Story


Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Transplant

Fred, Terry and Phil all share a bond: the three men are LVAD patients. They formed a friendship that stemmed from each man receiving a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) at Medical City Dallas Hospital.

LVAD Patients Support Each Other

Paired Kidney Donation

Ana Arellano considers herself blessed after recently celebrating her 20th anniversary with her husband Carlos Certucha, her 17-year-old son Carlos and a new kidney.

Ana's Story

Pediatric Kidney Transplant

A nosebleed was the first step in saving three lives in one family. Crystal's parents were both diagnosed with kidney cancer, but they never would have known had they not been screened to be her donors.

Crystal's Story

ABO Incompatible Kidney Transplant

The first North Texas ABO Incompatible Transplant surgery, performed by the transplant specialists at Medical City Dallas Hospital, allowed Mark's wife, Lisa, to give him the gift of life by donating her kidney to him - even though they have different blood types.

Mark and Lisa's Story

Milestone 50

When Courtney was 10 years old, she received a kidney transplant from her mother. After 12 years, Courtney's body began rejecting the transplanted organ.

Courtney's Story

Living Donor Kidney Transplant

Kidney transplant patient Dennis and his step-daughter Kellie share a 27-year bond that has only strengthened since she donated one of her kidneys to help save her step-father's life.

Dennis and Kellie's Story

World Heart Day

In recognition of raising awareness about cardiovascular services for World Heart Day, we share Michael's story. Thanks to Medical City Dallas Cardiologist, Eric Eichhorn, MD, and other members of our world-class Organ Transplant Team, Michael is thriving with his new heart today.

Michael's Story