Did you know that these 10 celebrities have had organ transplant
The requirement of organ transplant can be due to plenty of reasons. An accident could result in major amount of damage to a person’s body, which may also cause some organs to stop functioning. It can also be a result of a birth defect or hereditary health matter, not known previously by the person until it began to affect them at a certain age.
Transplants save lives. Tens of thousands of people receive an organ transplant every single year and it lets them to live a full and normal life.
Even celebrities have also been subject to needful medical care and it could be for a kidney transplant, heart transplant, or even a bone marrow transplant for celebs suffering from leukaemia and other serious illnesses and undergoing treatment for the same.
Here are 10 such celebs that surprisingly have undergone organ transplant surgery.
1 Tracy Morgan
Comic actor and star of shows like 30 Rock, Tracy Morgan was diagnosed with diabetes and it turned out to be so severe that he had 2 options whether to undergo dialysis for rest of his life or get a kidney transplant.
Tanisha Hall, his former girlfriend, donated one of her kidneys to Morgan and in all likelihood saved his live.
2 Steve Jobs
Founder of Apple computers, Steve Jobs is a name that will be alive as along as pop culture is alive in the world. Amongst one of the richest people on Earth and a serial innovator, he started Apple computer from the garage of his parents and is credited with the innovation and invention of the iPhone.
Sadly his health took a turn for worse in the late 2000s and he had to receive a liver transplant as a rare disease destroyed his liver completely. But he finally succumbed to pancreatic cancer in 2011.
3 Mandy Patinkin
Homeland and the Princess bride star Mandy Patinkin suffered from a destructive eye disorder known as Keratoconus, which could erode the cornea of the eye, leading ultimately to blindness. This threatened his ability to see and as a treatment, he underwent 2 cornea transplants.
The transplants helped save his eyesight and he has continued to work in the craft he loves and dazzle us with his wonderful performances.
4 Dick Cheney
Former Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney is considered as the most polarising politicians of his time. He was also plagued with serious health issues and had a pacemaker keeping his heart beating during his term in the office.
But in 2011, he received a heart transplant and is doing well health wise.
5 Gary Coleman
Gary Coleman shot to overnight stardom thanks to his role as a child star on sitcom Different Strokes. During his whole career, he was plagued with major health issues which involved him having 2 kidney transplants in the 1980s. He suffered from Nephritis, a kidney disorder which caused his kidneys to fail.
He lived a healthy life until he passed away in 2010 at the age of 42.
6 George Lopez
Comedian and TV host George Lopez’s kidneys began to cease function due to a hereditary condition. Fortunately his wife turned out to be a match and Lopez received a kidney from her in 2005. This transplant saved his life and he is still living healthily.
7 Alonzo Mourning
Former NBA star Alonzo Mourning was a rising star in the basketball world when in 2003 he had to suddenly step away from the court due to segmental glomerulosclerosis, a disorder that affects kidneys.
Mourning had choices of undergoing a transplant or keeps getting dialysis at least three days every week for many years to come. Fortunately his cousin Jason Cooper, who the star hadn’t seen or met in 25 years, came to know about his health condition and tested in order to find out if they were a suitable match. Thankfully they were and he donated one kidney to Alonzo.
Alonzo returned to the court in 2006 and won the NBA title with Miami Heat.
8 Amy Purdy
World-class snowboarder Amy Purdy was just 19, when she was hurried to the hospital with flu-like signs, but it out to a state of septic shock and she went into multiple organ failure, leading doctors to induce her into a coma.
Her father donated one of his kidneys to save her, but the septic shock and other complications caused infections in both her legs and they had to be amputated.
Purdy went on to win medals in the Paralympics and also participated in the Dancing with the stars and ended up as a runner up.
9 Mickey Mantle
Mickey Mantle is widely regarded as one of the greatest ever to play the game of baseball. He was also known to be a high level alcoholic and years of alcohol abuse caused liver cancer as well as cirrhosis, and he even contracted Hepatitis C.
He was put on the list for transplant despite his record as an alcoholic and his age of 63. He quickly received a liver and underwent the operation in 1995. Sadly the transplant could save him and he died later in the same year.
10 Sarah Hyland
Modern Family star Sarah Hyland had to live with kidney dysplasia, a very painful kidney disorder until she was 21, after it was discovered when she was 9 years old.
Her father donated a kidney to her after she turned 21 and the successful transplant has enabled Hyland to achieve the heights in her professional career that seemed too difficult due to the illness obstructing her path.