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Today's News

  • Jude Hamilton's $32 heart beats strongly

    By Terri Likens
    Special to The Enterprise

    Jude Hamilton’s heart had been through the wringer.
    He suffered from the same congenital heart condition that took his father at age 39, and shortly after he passed that age himself, his own problems began to set in.
    Around the year 2000, the Loretto resident began a long series of surgeries and procedures for his own heart failure — stents, two different bypasses and the installation of a pacemaker/defibrillator device.

  • Stories of Hope

    The Lebanon Enterprise is committed to educating the public about the importance of being a registered donor so that others may live. Currently, more than 123,000 men, women and children in this country are awaiting organ transplants to save their lives. Thousands more are in need of tissue and cornea transplants to restore their mobility and sight.

  • Three months out for double-transplant recipient

    By Terri Likens
    Special to the Enterprise

    Kevin Hamilton had an unusually deep support network when he went in for liver and kidney transplants in January. His brother Kenny, who got a new heart in 2010, was able to give him a firsthand perspective.
    Now, along with the usual brotherly conversations, the two talk about rejection drugs, their medical teams and even how to live from the perspective of someone who has been given a second chance at life.

  • She’s got heart

    Have you ever met a person who has gone through so much during his or her life that you can’t comprehend how they’re still standing, let alone smiling?
    Well, Lori Caldwell is one of those people.
    Nearly 19 years ago, she had a heart transplant.
    She had been diagnosed with post-partum cardiomyopathy after having her daughter, Cameron, on July 2, 1996. The left side of her heart no longer functioned, and doctors didn’t know what caused it.

  • Family's loss wasn't in vain

    By Terri Likens
    Special to the Enterprise

    Inherent in the month of April is the promise of life.
    Redbuds and dogwoods paint hillsides transitioning from winter’s drab, and even on cloudy days, Central Kentucky’s bluegrass seems to shimmer with its own light.
    It’s the month that Marion County native Terra Yates Gillispie was born, on April 27 — a birthday she shares with her mother, Lisa Yates.
    It’s also the month that Gillispie unexpectedly lost Yates four years ago.

  • Seven attempts got Richardson a kidney

    By Terri Likens
    Special to The Enterprise

    For Carlotta Richardson of Lebanon, organ transplantation is a second-generation thing.
    Her mother suffered from Bright’s disease, also known as nephritis, a chronic inflammation that damages the kidneys. That set her up to be an early kidney transplant recipient in 1979.
    Her mother lived 10 years more with the donated kidney.

  • A second chance at a normal life

    This time last year, Kevin Rogers was a walking dead man.
    After dealing with chronic high blood pressure for years, Kevin, 41, suffered from renal failure in July of 2011, and his long four-year wait for a kidney began.
    It took a toll on Rogers both physically and mentally.
    His life – and his family’s life – revolved around his dialysis treatments.

  • Just keep breathing

    “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” - Vivian Greene
    That quote is prominently displayed on a wall just above where Cara Brahm sits in her living room in her newly purchased home in Lebanon. It’s a quote Brahm, 39, can definitely relate to after struggling with cystic fibrosis since she was 10 years old.

  • Two time’s a charm

    Julia Browning Devine could quite possibly be Pope Francis’s biggest fan.
    How many other people can say they’ve named one of their kidneys after him?
    Devine, 46, who began suffering from kidney disease at age 15, received her second kidney transplant on Aug. 26, 2014.
    She proudly named her new kidney “Francis” after her favorite Pope.
    And Francis has been a blessing from day one.
    “I've been told more than once, ‘You got a good one,” Devine said. “Francis is working beautifully for me.”

  • Organ donation facts

    MARION COUNTY STATS
    Currently, 47.3 percent of the county’s total population are registered as organ and tissue donors. That’s a significant increase from 2014 when the county was at 41 percent.
    So far this year, 62 percent of people obtaining a driver’s license at the Marion Circuit Clerk’s Office are saying “yes” to the dollar donation to the Trust for Life.

    HOW DO I BECOME AN ORGAN AND TISSUE DONOR?