In 1987, 2-year-old Corie Crowe’s heart was failing, but her family’s insurance didn’t cover pediatric heart transplants. Determined to get the help her daughter needed, Corie’s mother Carlis contacted local station KPIX-TV, hoping to attract some attention to their story. And it worked: In January 1988, Corie underwent transplant surgery at Stanford and received her new heart.
Last week — just before Thanksgiving — Corie, who works as a volunteer for Donor Network West, checked off another thing of her list. She reunited with retired KPIX-TV reporter Barbara Rodgers and thanked her for helping her get the life-saving surgery. “I said to myself that if I live to be 30, then I want to meet everyone who was involved in allowing me to live [this long],” Corie, who is one of the longest surviving heart transplant recipients in the country, says in the video above.
Previously: Anatomy of a pediatric heart transplant, Pediatric social worker discusses the emotional side of heart transplants, Social worker is a pioneer for children’s hearts and World’s youngest heart transplant survivor profiled by People