Twins Chloe and Kendall Roehling have always battled the odds together.
Both were born with hearts that couldn’t pump blood throughout their bodies. They were diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy – a condition that has no cure. They needed heart transplants to survive.
After several months on the organ donation waiting list, matches were found for the twins. Thanks to blood testing done at BloodCenter of Wisconsin, it was determined that Chloe and Kendall’s bodies would not reject the new hearts and that they could safely undergo transplants. Chloe, then Kendall, each underwent successful operations that saved their lives.
“If you look at my kids’ faces, they wouldn’t be here unless somebody decided to donate and save somebody else's life,” says their mom, Christine.
Every 10 minutes, someone is added to the organ transplant waiting list.
Approximately 113,000 men, women, and children are waiting for life-saving organ transplants. One organ donor has the power to save up to eight lives and change the outcomes of someone’s world forever by giving them a second chance. Additionally, tissue donation can save and improve the lives of up to 75 people with their gifts. You can make a huge impact by registering as an organ and tissue donor.
Learn more about organ and tissue donation, or register as a donor at https://donatelifewisconsin.org.