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Tina’s Story: A Beat of Gratitude

Tina Tasker - Donor Recipient

Prior to being diagnosed with Sarcoidosis, Tina Tasker — a passionate and dedicated educator — led a dynamic and fulfilling life.

“Before these heart issues, I was very active and busy with work and church,” said Tasker. “I never had any health issues. I exercised regularly and ate healthily. Then, I was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis, which attacked my heart and severely scarred the electrical function. This caused me to have Ventricular Tachycardia (arrhythmias), which led to having an ICD (pacemaker and defibrillator) implanted.”

After suffering a stroke, Tasker found herself at end-stage heart failure and was admitted to Duke University Hospital for a heart transplant evaluation.

“I couldn’t leave the hospital without a new heart,” said Tasker. “I was listed as a Level 2 on the UNOS list, and 3 days later, I received the very best gift of life from my donor and family.”

Post-surgery, Tasker underwent physical and occupational therapy to restore her capacity to stand and walk. With the support and encouragement of her family, she successfully completed a 12-week cardiac rehabilitation program — a true testament to her unwavering spirit.

Although a complete recovery still poses a lengthy and challenging journey, each day is a step closer, thanks to her donor’s decision to register as an organ donor. 

“I can’t even begin to thank my donor enough for her selflessness,” said Tasker. “I can’t even imagine the loss the family has suffered without her. My husband and I now plan to honor my donor by traveling and visiting new places.”

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