Donor Family and Recipient Stories

Corneal transplants keep woman at helm of music magic

Patti Diou and Dr. Wayne Bowman

As executive director of the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Arlington, Texas, Patti Diou oversees an annual series of free outdoor concerts with musicians like Pentatonix, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and the Old 97’s. Mrs. Diou says she couldn’t have shepherded all this summertime fun without the two donated corneas that allowed her physicians at UT Southwestern Medical Center to maintain her sight. Read more

Transplants enable more enjoyment with family, grandchildren

Kenneth Cornea Transplant

Kenneth's family had a history of eye disease, and five years ago he was told he needed a cornea transplant. Recently, he underwent a cornea transplant on his other eye. Now he's enjoying more activities with his family and grandchildren. Read more

Letters reveal how donation changed lives


Letters exchanged between a tissue recipient and a donor's sister reveal how the donation of eyes, skin, and bone was another way the donor could help others. Read more

New vision for new insights

Emma playing piano

The need for a cornea transplant was not what Emma, a high school student, expected. But the transplant allowed her to continue with her passions – reading and discussing current affairs. Read more

Life returns from the darkness


After vision problems plagued David for years, his corneas ruptured, plunging him into months of darkness. Cornea transplants helped restore David's vision and let him return to his life. Read more

An adventure every day

Thomas Pettit

With Thomas Pettit, every day was an adventure. Whether it was taking the kids fishing, starting (and not finishing) projects around the house, or working with the softball league, Thomas embraced each day fully. Read more

Friendship grows out of tragedy

Joey Ianeiro and Brandon Witt

Two young men become friends after one receives tissue donated by the other man's stepfather. Read more

A parent's grateful heart

A story from a mother who remembered her son's request during a difficult time. Read more

Giving thanks

As a second baseman, Joey Ianiero was turning a double play when the runner slid late and crashed into his left knee. The incident tore his ACL, MCL, and meniscus, known as the Unhappy Triad. Joey's doctor offered several options for how to repair the ruptured ACL, including receiving a donor tendon. Read more

A life of service

For Mike Maughan, Ph.D., service was a way of life. Mike was very active as an adult volunteer in every aspect of his Scout troop’s activities, but his special joy was being an archery instructor. Sadly, before Mike could begin his tenure as Scoutmaster, he passed away. His family celebrated his legacy of service in two wonderful ways. Read more

Envisioning the future

For five years after I was diagnosed with Keratoconus, the disease was controlled by hard contact lenses. Keratoconus is a degeneration of the structure of the cornea, where the shape of the cornea slowly changes from the normal round shape to a cone shape. One day, I woke up with excruciating pain in my left eye and I couldn't see. I made an emergency appointment with the eye doctor. He told me that my cornea was so stretched it tore. Read more

Juan's love story

It is a love story…  Anyone listening to Juan speak quickly realized he was sharing a love story. On a beautiful spring morning in Fort Worth at Transplant Services Center’s annual Celebration of Life, Juan Espino, a donor husband, shared the story of his wife and the people she helped through her donation of eyes, organs, and tissues. Read More


Josh Canal was a hero in every sense of the word to all who knew him. He had the nickname of “Superman” from friends and family because of all he had been through in life. Yet he never once complained but took every opportunity to live life to the absolute fullest and did his best to make sure all who were around him did so as well. Read More

A new insight

My story starts a long time ago, although I wasn’t aware of it. I’ve never had very good eyesight and just thought that it was something I would live with forever. And then it got worse. I learned I have a disease which affects the innermost layer of my cornea. Read More