“Twenty-five is nearly unheard of . . .”
Recently someone sent me a link to a long article about transplant and organ donation from the Washington Post weekend magazine. I began to read it, but being all too familiar with its storyline, after a few pages, put it aside. The next day another friend e-mailed a link, followed by yet a third later that day. I took that as a message that I should go back and read the whole article. It was well written, describing both the donor side, the surgery process and the experience from the transplant patient side. Imagine my surprise when towards the end there was this one paragraph talking about longevity of heart patients post-transplant, no other organ longevity discussion, just the hearts. What really caught my attention as I read this thriving 26 years with my own heart transplant, was the final sentence of that which read:

“(heart) Transplant survival rates, while vastly better than before, are still not extraordinary. Only half survive for 10 years or more. Fifteen years is considered excellent. Twenty is remarkable. Twenty-five is nearly unheard of.”
– Washington Post September 30, 2019
by Gene Weingarten

Wow, ‘unheard of?’ I constantly celebrate the long-term survival life I live every day, but this really caused me to stop and reflect on that statistic. I can assure you that in my circles, that is NOT unheard of because I constantly share the fact by way of educating the community of the success of organ transplant (so register to be an organ donor), and to inspire fellow transplant recipients to expect that long life.