Transplanted back home

FFRF Member Jeff Livingston returned home to these yard signs after a four-month stay at the hospital where he got an artificial heart before getting a transplanted heart and kidney.

Doctors at the University of Wisconsin Hospital had to quickly replace his highly infected heart with a total artificial heart to keep him alive until a live transplant organ would become available. 

However, during the operation, his kidneys stopped functioning and never fully recovered. So, he then needed both a live heart and kidney (from the same donor). 

He was placed near the top of the national transplant list and the donor gifts arrived about a week later. Surgery for both organs went well, and two weeks later, on Nov. 9, Jeff went home. 

Prior to the transplant surgeries, Jeff remarked that he wasn’t worried about not surviving. “They’ll put me under, and either I’ll wake up from the surgery, or I won’t, and if that’s the case, I won’t know it. So, there’s nothing to be worried about.”

Jeff is a close friend of Freethought Today Editor PJ Slinger. In 2016, the two of them drove the van with FFRF’s gear and merchandise from Madison, Wis., to Pittsburgh for FFRF’s convention. Jeff also helped sell clothing and books during the convention.

FFRF is pleased to hear of Jeff’s recovery and also wishes him to “live long and prosper,” words immortalized by Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock from “Star Trek.”

FFRF Member Jeff Livingston