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  • Pennies, Nickels and Dimes, Elizabeth Murphy-Melas, Anthony Pouncey

  • Precious Gifts: Katie Coolican’s Story, Barklay and Eve Explain Organ Donation, Karen L. Carney

  • Now Caitlin Can: A donated organ helps a child get well, Ramona Wood

  • Dorien’s New Liver, Beatrix Kinderkliniek

  • Lizzie Gets a New Liver, Lizzy Ribal, Beth Basham, Patricia Ritter McCracken

English: The restored scene from Dr Barnard's ...
English: The restored scene from Dr Barnard’s first human heart transplantation – world’s most famous heart of young donor Denise Duval just died…. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


  • There’s a Little Bit of Me in Jamey, Diana M. Amadeo

Young Adult

  • Pig-Heart Boy, Malorie Blackman (shortlisted for Carnegie Medal)

  • Stealing Kevin’s Heart, M. Scott Carter

  • The Bower Bird, Ann Kelley

  • She Died Too Young (One Last Wish), Lurlene McDaniel

  • Heart Transplant, Andrew Vachss (Bullies) (featured in PW)

  • Organ Transplants: A Survival Guide for the Entire Family, Tina P Schwartz


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If you or someone you know is need of a transplant and is not insured, or is


“under”-insured, do not lose hope. My first transplant was covered by my dad’s insurance, yes.  However, my other two were covered a bit differently, each one from the first and from the other.

My 2nd one was covered by a 3-part combo: my husband’s insurance, Medicare, and the hospital’s kidney foundation/thing-a-ma-jigger/deal. No, I am not of retirement age and that was not a typo – Medicare actually has special clauses for various extenuating circumstances. ERSD is one of them. My 3rd transplant was also a 3-part combo: this time my husband was without a job (thank you, recession) but again I had Medicare and thankfully the hospital’s kidney foundation thingy and then we applied for outside funding/granting agencies due to extenuating circumstances (there were also some other major things going on in our lives at the time).

The uninsured or underinsured CAN and DO have transplants, all the time. Ask a social worker or a member of your transplant team or your doctor for guidance. They are your first resource and can help!

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Éric Abidal (born July 11, 1979 in Lyon) is a ...

Éric Abidal (born July 11, 1979 in Lyon) is a left-sided French football defender of Martiniquean descent who currently plays for FC Barcelona in La Liga. Español: Éric Abidal (Lyon, 11 de julio de 1979) es un futbolista francés que juega en la posición de lateral izquierdo en el FC Barcelona. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is a great list of both famous organ recipients and YES even some of the wonderful, amazing organ donors! I did have it all nicely copied and pasted here for you, complete with a photo, but for some reason, it didn’t save it…

But in short, the combined list included names you might know, such as:Steve Jobs (Apple, Inc.), Dr. Rajkumar, Gomer Pyle, Everson Walls., Gary Coleman, Oscar Robertson, Ron Springs, Evel Knievel, Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, Freddy Fender, Éric Abidal and George Lopez.

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