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Troxell named to state organ donor panel

November 06, 1998|By JULIE E. GREENE

SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg resident Denise Troxell, the recipient of a double lung transplant last year, has been appointed to a state council to promote organ and tissue donation, according to the governor's office.

"I'm honored that I got picked," the Sharpsburg Town Councilwoman said Friday.

Troxell is one of two donor recipients on the Advisory Council on Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness. The 16-member council also includes the member of a donor's family and several health experts.

The council will advise state officials how to spend a special fund to support programs that promote education and awareness about organ, tissue and eye donations.

Troxell, 44, of 114 S. Mechanic St., had a double lung transplant in May 1997 at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

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For about a month she has been on IV antibiotics to fight a growth on her heart valve, which may require open heart surgery, she said.

The bacterial infection has been difficult to fight because she is on anti-rejection medication for her lungs, which wipes out her immune system, she said.

Through the council, Troxell said she will help others understand what going through a transplant it like and how it changes someone's life.

"I'm hoping that I'm healthy enough to do it, but that's part of the transplant patient's experience too," Troxell said.

She said she expects to reenter the Pittsburgh medical center later this month to check on whether she'll need heart surgery.

The council was created by the William H. Amoss Organ and Tissue Donation Act of 1998, named for the late state senator from Harford County who was the main sponsor for the original legislation.

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