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Heart Transplant Recipient and Donor’s Family to Share Personal Impact of Organ Donation


For More Information:
Shelley Snyder
Director of Community Outreach, Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates
502.694.3015 or 502.322.5401

Barbara Mackovic
Senior Manager, Media Relations, KentuckyOne Health
502.587.4230 or 502.641.5461                                                                                


Heart Transplant Recipient and Donor’s Family
to Share Personal Impact of Organ Donation

In January 2016, the loss of one life saved another. While Eugene Stogsdill mourned the loss of his youngest daughter, Elaine, 56-year-old Lisa Russell’s life was saved by a heart transplant at the Jewish Hospital Trager Transplant Center.

As a way to thank her donor’s family, Russell wrote a heartfelt letter and sent a stuffed bear to the family. She recorded her new heartbeat, the heartbeat of her donor, Elaine, so that the family could hear the beating heart by squeezing the stuffed bear’s right paw.

Now friends, Lisa Russell (recipient) and Eugene Stogsdill (donor’s father) will tell their stories and speak about organ donation to employees of Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) during a quarterly meeting.

KODA Quarterly Meeting  

Thursday, September 7, 2017
12:30 p.m. (Media asked to arrive by 12:15 p.m.)

10160 Linn Station Road
Louisville, KY 40223

·      Interviews with heart transplant recipient Lisa Russell
·      Interviews with organ donor’s father Eugene Stogsdill
·      Photos/video of Russell and Stogsdill’s donate life speeches
·      Photos/video of KODA Quarterly Meeting

Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA)
KODA, with its home office in Louisville, is one of 58 federally designated organ procurement organizations in the United States.  An independent, nonprofit, KODA honors the gift of donation by providing education, coordinating recoveries, and supporting families.  KODA works with Hospital Partners, Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life, and Kentucky Lions Eye Bank to save lives and grow Kentucky’s Organ Donor Registry.  KODA’s service area includes Kentucky, western West Virginia and southern Indiana.  For more information, visit www.kyorgandonor.org or call 1-800-525-3456.

About Jewish Hospital
Jewish Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, is an internationally renowned, high-tech tertiary referral center, developing leading-edge advancements in hand and microsurgery, heart and lung care, orthopedics and sports medicine, neuroscience, organ transplantation and outpatient care. The hospital is the site of the world’s first successful hand transplant and AbioCor® implantable replacement heart procedures, in addition to the first trial of cardiac stem cells in chronic heart failure. Jewish Hospital continues to be recognized for its specialized heart care procedures, including the implant of ventricular assist devices (VAD) and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). The Jewish Hospital Trager Transplant Center is in a select group that performs heart, lung, liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation and was part of the first international paired kidney exchange program. Services are also provided throughout the community at multiple freestanding outpatient care centers.

About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health, one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth, includes hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies in Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is dedicated to bringing wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved.



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