Marcia and Bruce Capriotti Are Supporting the Emory Transplant Center
When she was only 12 years old, Marcia Capriotti learned she had type 1 diabetes. At the time, prognoses were poor for children and adolescents with her condition, and one of her doctors thought it was unlikely she would live past age 35.
Now 65, Capriotti proved the doctor wrong, but coping with the effects of diabetes for many years took its toll. In her forties, her kidneys began to decline, and she found herself awaiting a lifesaving kidney and pancreas transplant from the Emory Transplant Center, where a trusted doctor had referred her and her husband, Bruce.
Reflecting on the 16 years since the surgery, Bruce Capriotti says, "How our lives were before and after the transplant cannot be compared. We lived in constant fear that I would come home and find her in insulin shock, and now that fear is gone."
According to Marcia, "Before the surgery, I wanted to be outside in my garden but was too unwell. As I recovered from the surgery, I was able to be out there more and more. It was springtime then, which is the time for new life, and that's how I felt as well. Emory gave me my life back."
Because of their experience at Emory and the dramatic difference the transplant made in their lives, the Capriottis are leaving a portion of their estate to Emory Transplant Center. Half of their gift will be dedicated to research and patient care, and half will be directed toward teaching.
"We get a lot of our health care at Emory, but even when we don't, we often find ourselves with a doctor who was trained there," he says. "We want our gift to help continue the kind of education that produces the doctors who have helped us."
"This transplant was an absolute miracle," she adds, "and it's a miracle that happens every day because people choose to be donors."
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