A Gift of Life and Friendship After a Family’s Loss

The weekly StoryCorps segment on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition is a highlight for the show’s listeners. Today’s StoryCorps interview was very special to staff at UMMC.

Rick Bounds received a lifesaving liver and kidney transplant here in 2007. Today, he’s a healthy triathlete with four competitions and a 100-mile bike ride to his name. And he serves as a member of the Medical Center’s Patient and Family Partnership Council.

Go to the NPR site to hear or read the conversation between Rick Bounds and Dorothy Biernack, whose husband, Marty, was the organ donor who made it possible for Rick to live. Rick and Dorothy get together several times a year to celebrate Marty’s lifesaving final gift.

2 thoughts on “A Gift of Life and Friendship After a Family’s Loss

  1. I am a heart transplant patient surviver performed at the UMMC in 1998 and am still going strong. Many thanks to the wonderful staff who cared for me while living in the hospital for four months. I still stop in on the third floor Gudelsky Bldg. to visit with the nurses still there during my stay there.

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