Eternally intertwined

Husband, widow donate organs to same man 16 years apart.

By Dorothy Hagmajer
Jeff Granger When his donated kidney began to fail, Jeff Granger never expected to get a second chance. He was wrong. Louis Brems

‘This girl was an angel’

Brother, donor Bryan Herrington Courtesy
Terri Herrington When asked about concerns over donating a kidney, Terri Herrington replied, “If I lived off of what ifs, I wouldn’t live.'' Louis Brems
“This girl was an angel. She’s a single parent, and God’s gift of a parent, too. I don’t know how I could thank her, or repay her for such a wonderful life-giving gift.”
— Jeff Granger

Reuniting with her husband

family Terri and Jeff sit with her sons, Payton (L) and Drake (R) in 2005. Courtesy
“After Bryan’s death, I had to take a different approach toward what I was going to do with the rest of my life.”
— Terri Herrington
patient Terri got to know two of her surgeons, Kenneth Andreoni, M.D., center, and Mark Johnson, M.D., before the procedure. Louis Brems

Timing is everything

“Donating kidneys is a great thing but can be a big ask.”
— Stephanie Sharpe, R.N., B.S.N.
surgery1 According to UNOS, 2019 set an all time new record for living donor transplants at 7,397, exceeding the 2004 record of 6,992. Louis Brems
patients The first conversation Jeff Granger and Terri Herrington had lasted 45 minutes. They've never really stopped talking. Louis Brems
“We aren’t organ donor and transplant recipient. Through this connection, we’ve become family.”
— Terri Herrington

Lives eternally linked