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Double Heart Transplant
First January 15th 1993 and again on November 18th 1999
(photo taken 6 months after first transplant)

Steve HendersonI had cardiomyopathy, well I guess that's how you spell it. My doctor just thought it was stress until I passed out in his office with a heart beat of around 250 beats per/min. They rushed me to med city Dallas on 23rd December 1992. I joined the transplant list and received a heart on January 15th 1993, my biopsies showed zero rejection. I was the 14th person to get a heart at med city, and I did everything I was supposed to do, but sometime in 1997 on my annual heart cath/angiogram they found I was rejecting.

I think I was the first heart transplant recipient to take cellcept. I was on a drug called immorin, and they put me on cellcept to see if they could slow down the rejection! Well they did and I lasted till 1999. I had been back on the transplant list for a year but I was getting worse. My weight was up to 230lbs, I normally weigh 175lbs, then on November 12th 1999 I was rushed again to med city, my wife drove me there. About 30 minutes away from med city my heart beat was 250 and my kidneys had shut down. I told Dr Hunt head of transplant medicine, that I didn't want another heart transplant if my kidneys didn't work, fortunately they managed to get my kidneys going. A 35year old lady died downstairs in ICU, I have AB blood you probably know that's the universal recipient. God must of been sitting on my shoulder because she had AB blood, anything else I was second in line! I received her heart November 18th 1999 I was the 162nd to receive a heart at med city this time! It was a harder transplant than the first. I spent 31 days in the hospital, but the first one I was out in seven days.

I think a lot of it was because of my kidneys! My kidneys work fine now, I weigh 174lbs and run 3miles every other day. I feel great and decided I was going to enjoy life a little, so I bought a bass boat and I go bass fishing every day. I do a lot of work at the hospitals medical city, and I work with the southwest organ donation alliance.

Hope you get some good from this, it can be done twice, my faith and my doctors pulled me through!!!!!

Your friend

 ps.... the first heart I was on cyclosporine
heart 2 I'm on pro graf
Steve Henderson
Steve and his Grand-daughter Katy
Christmas 1999 shortly after second transplant

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