Heart Story: Layla’S Transplant Journey

In a series of heartwarming stories of organ donation and resilience, several individuals and families have shown incredible strength and generosity. Corey Slater and Curtis Cho, lifelong friends, navigated the challenges of kidney transplants through a donor chain program, which ultimately connected Curtis with a life-saving kidney from a stranger. Meanwhile, in Nationwide Children’s Hospital, two mothers, Eva Havens and Michelle Evans, have supported each other while their sons, Raley and Sean, await heart transplants, relying on Berlin hearts in the interim.

Across the country, medical miracles continue to inspire. Joseph Bomarito Otman, an 18-year-old with a congenital heart condition, missed his high school graduation due to a heart transplant but was celebrated in a special ceremony at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. In a similar display of resilience, Grant Martin received his diploma at Emory University Hospital while awaiting a heart transplant, having been admitted shortly before his scheduled graduation from Columbus State University. Additionally, twin brothers Ethan and Allan Basos demonstrated the profound impact of sibling support, with Allan donating a portion of his liver to Ethan at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Other compelling stories include Kylie Overfield, a five-month-old who survived a rare lung disorder through a double lung transplant at Texas Children’s Hospital, and Lila Anderson, a five-year-old from Cuna who had her Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World interrupted by a medical emergency but received unwavering support from the organization. These narratives highlight the extraordinary efforts of families, medical professionals, and donors in overcoming life-threatening conditions and exemplify the power of hope and community in the face of adversity.


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