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Letter to Editor: It’s Donor Sabbath Month and I am thankful for my donor heart; register to give

Letter to the Editor, November is a month of giving THANKS! It is a time that many take the time to enjoy family and friends and to remember all the “Good Things” in their life! Every November begins a new season of “giving,” and it is also a time that many around the world recognize as the “Donor Sabbath” month. During the National Donor Sabbath, faith leaders, donor families, transplant...

Lester Walters’ heart was ‘broken,’ so UK HealthCare doctors gave him an artificial replacement

By Allison Perry Special to KyForward Relaxing in a recliner in the corner of his ICU room, Lester Walters is all smiles. His red hair askew, he casually jokes with his wife and the nurses who come in regularly to check on him. The 59-year-old Berea native is waiting to be listed for a heart transplant, but he’s already one step ahead of most patients on the list — as of Dec. 12, 2016, Walters...

UK HealthCare celebrates 25 years of heart transplants; Baptist Health joins Transplant Network

More than 100 patients, families and UK HealthCare staff gathered recently to celebrate an important milestone: the 25th anniversary of the first heart transplant at the University of Kentucky. In 25 years, UK has transplanted almost 350 hearts. Last year, UK transplanted more hearts than any other Kentucky medical center ever. “However, it’s not about the numbers,” said Dr. Navin...

Heart transplant recipient to raffle off classic car to help Kosair Kids in need of new organs

Bob Beatty shows off the 1937 Ford Club Coupe he plans to give away to a raffle winner in support of Kosair Kids needing organ transplants. (Photo provided)   A Kentuckian who received a new heart he calls “Ernie” will once again raffle off a completely refurbished classic car on Nov. 7 in Louisville to raise money for Kosair Kids in need of organ transplants. This is the fifth year...

Heart-lung transplant can’t keep longtime middle school teacher out of the classroom

Teacher David Morrow, who received a combined heart and kidney transplant at UK Chandler Hospital, is back in his middle school classroom. (Photo from UKNow)   By Allison Perry Special to KyForward   After 34 years in the classroom, many schoolteachers might be looking to move on to new things.   Not David Morrow. The 57-year-old science and language arts teacher at East Washington Middle...