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Patient Stories

Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center has a long tradition of excellence. These are just a few stories of lives changed by someone giving the gift of life.


Lonnie Dunlap's Transplant Journey

All during the pandemic there have been medical accomplishments made around the world as scientists and physicians developed vaccinations and strategies to help fight the COVID disease. At BSLMC – Mr Dunlap represents a historical transplant for our liver program as he is our 1st patient to receive an organ from a donor who was COVID positive.

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Lonnie Dunlap's Transplant Journey

All during the pandemic there have been medical accomplishments made around the world as scientists and physicians developed vaccinations and strategies to help fight the COVID disease. At BSLMC – Mr Dunlap represents a historical transplant for our liver program as he is our 1st patient to receive an organ from a donor who was COVID positive.

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Rodriguez is the first double lung transplant the hospital has performed on a coronavirus  patient since the pandemic began. To date, only a handful of transplant centers in the U.S.  have performed lung transplants on patients due to irreversible lung damage caused by the  virus.

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Rodriguez is the first double lung transplant the hospital has performed on a coronavirus  patient since the pandemic began. To date, only a handful of transplant centers in the U.S.  have performed lung transplants on patients due to irreversible lung damage caused by the  virus.

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After turning 40, Scott noticed a decline in his athletic ability. He was shocked when he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure at just 41 years old. Learning he needed a new heart, Scott was placed on the transplant list and later received a heart transplant at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.

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After turning 40, Scott noticed a decline in his athletic ability. He was shocked when he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure at just 41 years old. Learning he needed a new heart, Scott was placed on the transplant list and later received a heart transplant at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.

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Karim “Smokey” Rashid was 46 when he blacked out while driving. After meeting with his cardiologist, Smokey Rashid discovered he had cardiac sarcoidosis, a condition so severe it required a new heart. He was referred to the heart transplant team at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and was placed on the transplant list.

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Karim “Smokey” Rashid was 46 when he blacked out while driving. After meeting with his cardiologist, Smokey Rashid discovered he had cardiac sarcoidosis, a condition so severe it required a new heart. He was referred to the heart transplant team at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and was placed on the transplant list.

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Sheila Vaughn is a happily married grandmother of five. Her blended family consists of Billy, her husband, three adult daughters, and one son. Sheila’s had a very exciting professional life with careers in pharmaceutical and lipid research, marketing, textbook consulting, and science teaching.

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Sheila Vaughn is a happily married grandmother of five. Her blended family consists of Billy, her husband, three adult daughters, and one son. Sheila’s had a very exciting professional life with careers in pharmaceutical and lipid research, marketing, textbook consulting, and science teaching.

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I, Nigeria Evans received my heart transplant on December 22, 2009 and I am blessed by the grace of God, the doctors at St. Luke’s Hospital, and the prayers of my family. I came a long way from being very sick and I flat lined (died), had 5 heart-attacks and a stroke on the same day in the year of 2006.

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I, Nigeria Evans received my heart transplant on December 22, 2009 and I am blessed by the grace of God, the doctors at St. Luke’s Hospital, and the prayers of my family. I came a long way from being very sick and I flat lined (died), had 5 heart-attacks and a stroke on the same day in the year of 2006.

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I was devastated when I was told that I needed a heart transplant. I had been ill for about four months. I was in heart failure. I had all the symptoms.

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I was devastated when I was told that I needed a heart transplant. I had been ill for about four months. I was in heart failure. I had all the symptoms.

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Featured Updates

Creating Value in Health Care: Improving Outcomes While Lowering Costs

JUL 05, 2024

Creating value in health care is essential to ensure patients have access to affordable, high-quality care. Learn more from St. Luke’s Health.

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You’re Not Too Young to Think About Your Brain Health

JUL 05, 2024

This month, take time to think about reducing your risk for young-onset dementia. The experts at St. Luke’s Health can help.

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