Kathryn Slattery finds a way to pay it forward

By: Megan Palera

Kathryn is an inspiration to many people. Even before her surgery, she knew she wanted to pay it forward, and she finally got her chance to.

Kathryn Slattery, now walking, singing and enjoying friends and family, just months after undergoing a 14-hour dual transplant.

“I feel great actually. It's amazing what can happen in three months and how well I could recover,” Kathryn said.

Born with a congenial heart defect, Kathryn was no stranger to surgeries. But her heart-liver transplant in January was the first of its kind in Nebraska. Just a week after it, she was already raising money to help others waiting for an organ transplant.

Thursday night, she got to present a check for $2,000 to Donate Life. “I was on the list for five days, but a lot of people are on the list for way longer and I talked to people who have been on the list for years and it was just amazing and I wanted to help and I just thought this was the best way,” she said.

Since her surgery, the Pius High School senior celebrated her 18th birthday, and last weekend was crowned prom queen in front of a standing ovation. Her road to recovery is still far from over, but in true Kathryn fashion, she never stops smiling.

“It's something you can't control so why be upset about it,” said Kathryn. She says she wants to thank everyone who donated to Donate LIfe during her family's fundraiser in January. That money will be used to educate people about organ donation.