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My Christmas of Miracles and Other Short Stories About Organ Transplant

My Christmas of Miracles and Other Short Stories About Organ Transplant

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My Christmas of Miracles and Other Short Stories About Organ Transplant

59 pages
49 minutes
Sep 26, 2012


Ever since I first started working with organ transplant recipients and their support systems, donors, and donor families, I have been driven to educate the public about this miraculous process of giving life from one person to another. Many myths abound in the community about organ donation and transplantation that prevent people from committing to organ donation. For years, I have searched for ways to provide accurate information to the public to help them better understand the process of organ donation and transplantation.

Each state has an organ-procurement organization that trains volunteers, many of them organ recipients, people waiting for a transplant, and donor families, to speak to schools and organizations, as well as providing booths at fairs, churches, etc. Even so, thousands of potential recipients die every year because there are not enough donors.

When I became aware of Inspiring Voices, I realized that I already had written about several patients who had deeply touched me. It occurred to me that by making their journeys available in book form, many more people could be reached. My Christmas of Miracles and Other Short Stories about Organ Transplant was written to bring their stories to life.

Sep 26, 2012

À propos de l'auteur

MARY grew up in McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania. She obtained her nursing education at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and her master’s in nursing at Indiana University. She has worked with organ-transplant recipients and their families for over fifteen years. She resides with her husband, Marvin, in Indianapolis.

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My Christmas of Miracles and Other Short Stories About Organ Transplant - Mary Jarrett Saubert

Copyright © 2012 Mary Jarrett Saubert

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ISBN: 978-1-4624-0287-8 (sc)

ISBN: 978-1-4624-0288-5 (e)

Library of Congress Control Number: 2012914915

Inspiring Voices rev. date: 9/24/2012






Remembering Patty





The Significance Of A Dime





My Christmas Of Miracles



from whom I learned the art of story telling and to

Aunt May who taught me to write my stories down


I have been a Registered Nurse since 1972. Throughout the years, many situations have occurred that have inspired me and engrained themselves in my memory. I would like to share a few of them with you in the hopes that they may remind each one of us that every day is a gift of life to be lived to the fullest.

Most of the people I have chosen to write about are organ transplant recipients. Their stories are all true. Some are sad, some are funny, but all of them show how precious life is.

When possible, I have obtained the consents of people named in this book. In the event that I was unable to locate anyone or a relative of that person, the name has been changed to protect their identities.


For years, my friends have been telling me I needed to write a book. Indeed, I actually had a file in my computer labeled ‘Mary’s Book’ but never thought I would do anything with it until I received the email from Inspiring Voices announcing their book contest. I decided to select stories that had made a difference in my life with the hope that they could inspire other people as well.

As a transplant nurse, I truly believe in the gift of life, and by sharing these true stories about real, everyday people and how organ donation saved their lives, I hope to inspire others to consider signing cards to become organ donors.

I also want to give hope to people who are waiting to receive life saving transplants.

I would like to emphasize that the majority of transplant recipients do not encounter the huge number of problems that some of the patients in my stories have had to overcome but please realize that, as a nurse, the patients who I get to know the best are the patients who are in the hospital the longest.


George had been waiting for several years for a lung transplant. The rules at the time basically stated that after he was accepted as a candidate for transplant, he waited his turn to be transplanted and hoped the call came before he died.

In George’s case, it did not look like he would be able to hang on much longer although he had fought valiantly. As his lung disease progressed, he had become weaker until he was no longer able to walk. Recently, it was even difficult for him to eat since the act of chewing and swallowing required more oxygen than his lungs could process.

George had been in the hospital for the last month receiving high flow oxygen, tube feedings, IV’s, and physical therapy, but still, his body continued

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