Transplant Success Stories
Ritchee Price, a Berklee College of Music graduate, has been the band director at Portsmouth Middle School since 2000. An accomplished trumpet player, he has toured with the likes of Lionel Hampton, and the Count Basie Orchestra. Price’s musical talent has taken him around the world, to places like Japan, Paris, and to the White House. But when the time came for him to receive a lifesaving kidney transplant, he found the care he needed right in his own backyard, at Rhode Island Hospital.
Lisa Pappas is a woman who clearly loves life. You can hear the warmth in her voice as she tells stories of vacations with friends, and she ably meets the daily demands of a busy job as a patient services secretary in Rhode Island Hospital’s department of interventional radiology. But Pappas, who nowadays radiates positive energy, has also overcome some serious health challenges. Complications from diabetes led to her undergoing two kidney transplants, in 2005 and in 2008.
At first glance, Jim Quinn blends in with the rest of the staff at Rhode Island Hospital, where he works as a supervisor in supply chain operations. But if you take a moment to chat with the 57 year-old West Warwick resident, you’ll hear the extraordinary story of a man who was given a second lease on life. Back in 2010, Quinn unexplainably started gaining weight and generally not feeling well. His doctor found that his liver had stopped functioning properly. He was added to the wait list for liver and kidney transplants.
Sheila Drew, RN is a member of the Quality Management team at Rhode Island Hospital. A few years ago, Drew and her husband, James, adopted a daughter, Aibhilin, from China Adoption With Love, Inc. (CAWLI). In April 2012, Drew received word from CAWLI that a little girl named Hannah Benson was in need of a kidney.