Hi Deb (at Research Medical Center),

I wanted to drop you and the staff a line to let you know that I am flourishing since the double organ transplant (kidney/pancreas) on April 6, 2006. I still have to apologize to Dr. Murillo for some of things that came out of my Bronx, NY mouth immediately after surgery that evening.

My monthly labs appear to be in the normal range, Lipase, Amylase, BUN levels and Creatinine all appear to be normal. I now am under the care of a Dr. at the Dallas Transplant Institute. I must say, the Dr. must have done an extraordinary job on me, as some of the doctors I see for other things, are quite amazed at how well I am doing. I lead a happy and productive life working 60 hours a week and getting my kids off to college.

I gained a little weight since the transplant. At time of transplant I was 153 lbs and now I am 159 lbs. I still eat like a diabetic, count my carbs, test my blood sugars and I don't drink or smoke.

I just wanted to tell all of you that I have not forgotten the precious gift that was given to me seven years ago and I thank God for the donor, donor's family and you all for answering the call! I know that you took a chance on me and I wanted to let you know that I have always kept my part of the deal by living a happy and responsible life.

Thanks again from your living Texas example of what can happen when people have big hearts and give the gift of life.