“I have been blessed with the gift of life three times and will be forever grateful to my donors, donor families, and my living donor, my sister Debbie,” said Henry.
He had his first heart transplant right before his senior year of high school after a routine physical revealed a heart murmur, which led to a diagnosis of cardiomyopathy. The transplant allowed Henry to continue to live his life as any other high-schooler – playing sports and enjoying his adolescence.
Henry was doing great until it was discovered he had developed arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) 11 years after his transplant and he was again listed for a heart transplant. His prayers were answered for a second time. Because of someone’s generous decision to donate, Henry and his wife welcomed their first son, Alex, into the world in 1996.
Seven years after his second heart transplant, Henry received news that his kidneys were not functioning properly due to his long term medications and that he would need a kidney transplant. At this time, he was separated from his wife and worried often about Alex. Henry’s sister, Debbie, was able and willing to donate a kidney. Thanks to her generosity, Henry was given the opportunity to meet his second wife, Angie, and then welcome a second son, Aaron, into the world in 2007. “I have been blessed with the gift of life three times and will be forever grateful to my donors, donor families, and my living donor, my sister Debbie,” said Henry.