Category: Donor Families

After double lung transplants, an opera singer is given the chance for Act III

Published on December 25, 2017

Charity Tillemann-Dick’s life sounds like the plot of a grand opera: She was diagnosed with high blood pressure in the lungs at the age of 20. By the time she was 26, she had to go through a double lung transplant. But it didn’t take. Through all this, she never stopped doing what she loves most: Singing. Dr. Jon LaPook reports on her own Encore.

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Teen’s death gives transplant miracle to Florida family

By Lloyd Sowers, FOX 13 News

It was Amanda’s sister, Jessica, who first contacted Garrett on social media. Both families decided to meet and talk about the heart they now share.

Amanda’s dad said he keeps his connection to his daughter through Garrett. They’ve gone to sporting events, concerts, and a helicopter ride.

“We met that first day and this beautiful young man brought a stethoscope so that I could listen to his heart,” Amanda’s mom said.

Garrett’s mom took a picture showing Laurie, with her eyes closed, listening to Amanda’s heart through Garrett.

“You could just feel the love. The love of her child,” Susan said. “I could not have picked a better recipient than you.”

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