Grateful Patients

People have often said my wife and I are a perfect match. I never knew how right they were until this past year. When I was young, I was diagnosed with kidney disease. In 2008, I was blessed to receive a kidney from my sister, but it began to fail after six years. I was told that I would be lucky to have two more years with my family. I relied on dialysis to keep my body going. I felt sluggish and had no energy to live the life I wanted. I began to lose hope. My wife, on the other hand, refused to give up. She went through the testing process and found out she was an exact match to be my kidney donor.

SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital had more than just my kidney in their hands when my wife and I underwent the kidney transplant, they also had my heart. It was only a few days after the surgery before she was up and walking around. A few weeks after that, I was back to feeling like myself. I thought my miracle was another chance at life, but soon after the transplant, my wife found out she was pregnant with our son. I had been told by doctors my entire life that because of my kidney disease, I could never have children. Thanks to the exceptional care I received at SSM Health my wife’s extraordinary gift turned in two miracles. The gift of my life and the gift of our son, Hunter.

I am forever thankful. Without my wife, Drs. Randall & Varma and the incredible staff at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, I got my life back and will get to enjoy watching my wonderful baby boy grow up.

To show our appreciation for the exceptional care and compassion I received from the nurses, doctors, and staff at SSM Health we have chosen to make a gift in their honor through our Honor Your Caregiver program. I hope you, too, will join me in showing your appreciation for the phenomenal care you received.

Your donation will provide much needed support for continuing staff education, community wellness, vital new equipment, and other enhancements designed to provide compassionate, world-class healthcare.

Your gift will make a significant impact on those who are now facing similar challenges. All SSM Health caregivers honored through this program will be given a card thanking them for their outstanding care and notifying them a gift was made in their name (the gift amount will not be disclosed).

Thank you for your consideration,

Josh Terrio
SSM Health Grateful Patient


I am forever grateful to the team that saved my life and made sure I won’t miss out on the best years with my daughter and Harvey.” 

Brenda Bartlein
SSM Health Grateful Patient
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