Stories of Hope

See how organ, eye and tissue donation has healed lives.

Ivy, tissue recipient

Ivy enjoys being outdoors and loves to dance. As a nurse, Ivy is attuned to the needs of others and is always ready to do whatever she can to help her patients. She did not expect an accident to leave her as a patient needing care.

Ivy suffered an ACL injury while skiing. The damage to her knee was extensive, putting her active lifestyle in jeopardy. Ivy’s best hope for recovery was to have her tendon replaced with a donor tendon. She received her tissue transplant and; after dedicating months to physical therapy, Ivy is back on her feet.

Ivy is appreciative of the significant role her family and friends played during her recovery. The emotional and physical support they provided gave her the boost she needed as she relearned simple tasks like walking and bathing. She is also thankful for the healthcare team that enabled her to recover quickly from her injury. Above all else, Ivy is grateful to her donor for the opportunity to resume her outdoor adventures and for the ability to partake in everyday activities like taking her “puppy” Skye on walks — all without pain. Her transplantation experience had another positive outcome as well. Ivy was inspired to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor herself, ultimately making her donor’s gift one that keeps on giving.

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