But tragedy struck well before the spring, Hamilton’s sister died suddenly days before Thanksgiving. He and his family were devastated. Yet, in the darkness of grief, there was the light of hope. Because Hamilton’s sister was a registered donor the family could authorize a direct organ donation to Hamilton, regardless of his place on the transplant list.
Hamilton says his sister is a part of him now.
“I am keeping her life, and she’s keeping me alive, and that is the way I have to look at it,” said Hamilton.
A positive outlook boosted by incredible recovery after the transplant surgery.