LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As thousands of people across the country wait for organ transplants to continue their quality of life, 8 News Now was able to speak with two donor recipients, as they share their stories to help others.
“I could feel I was dying,” donor-recipient Kyle Carran said of her experience. “I just started feeling worse and worse and worse and I was almost at a point I was giving up.”
“I honestly thought I wasn’t going to make it,” fellow recipient Dan Campbell added about life before his transplant. “I do feel like I’ve been given a second chance at life, which is an emotional feeling.”
These two single souls are forever connected by one, extraordinary experience. Both recently received a new lease on life after surgery.
They each recently received liver transplants from separate, anonymous donors, then met while seeking support at The Loma Linda University Transplantation Institute here in the valley.
The clinic is the only of its kind in Las Vegas, helping patients cope before and after surgery.
“When they met it was like an instant connection,” nurse practitioner and clinic leader Corrie Burk said of the bond. “Dan just said everything that she needed to hear that day, and really gave her the strength.”
It gives people an outlet to trade overwhelming sadness for a sense of hope as they start a new, longer life.
“You recognize that somebody is going to perish for you to get to live,” Campbell said of his experience. “That weighs on you.”
Now Dan and Kyle are fusing their friendship to bring others peace while proving even the darkest times can always take a miraculous turn.
“Have faith. It does indeed help,” Campbell said.
“I’m so thankful,” Carran said. “If I could just help one person. I want to help more.”
Patients who need liver transplants here in Nevada have to travel to either California or Arizona for surgery. However, thanks to the local Loma Linda clinic, they are able to continue their treatment locally afterward.