Kevin Spencer

Heart Transplant

March 2011

On April of 1955 Kevin was born at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital. The pediatrician that Kevin’s mother used gave Kevin his two day well check and told his mother, after listening to his heart; “This one will have a rough road to hold!”  Kevin was born with a heart defect.  

Kevin’s parents would bring him to Pediatric Cardiology at Texas Children’s Hospital.   He was a patient of Dr. Dan G. McNamara, who believed Kevin had a hole in between his lower chambers of his heart. When Kevin was 5 Dr. Denton Cooley was going to repair the defect. 

He was to discover that Kevin had transposition of the great vessels with a large aorta. There was no repair possible at the time. 

Two years later Dr. Cooley would perform a Blalock anastomosis, left side. Kevin would have, even to this day, a weak pulse in his left arm due to the procedure.  With medication and different surgeries Kevin would receive 3 more from having the left Blalock.  Dr. Cooley would perform on Kevin to help improve his oxygen infusion to his blood flow.  Kevin’s heart surgeries were at ages 5, 7,8,15, and 23.

When Kevin was in his early 30’s he started having problems with his heart.  From the years 1987 to 1991 Kevin was still a patient of Pediatric Cardiology at Texas Children’s Hospital,& having attacks of arrhythmia & coming to the hospital to be cardio-converted.  Kevin was transferred to St. Luke’s and became a candidate for a heart transplant. 

On September 16, 1992 Kevin had a heart transplant performed by Dr. O. H. Frazier.  It took Kevin until February of 1993, before he recovered enough to see and feel the results of having a good healthy heart.  He could for the first time in his life be physically able to do many physical demanding things, so Kevin was very active with volunteer work at his church. Where he met a young widow and the two were married in March of 1995. Kevin, Kelly and her two year old daughter Christina started a life together.  Kevin was able to go back to work and make a living.  Kevin was able to retrain and become an aircraft mechanic working on helicopters. 

In December of 2008, Kevin started having problems with heart arrhythmia and feeling generally weak. It was determined after certain procedures didn’t produce the desired result that he needed another heart transplant! So, Kevin was back on disability and waiting for another heart transplant for the second time in his life.  This time with in the care of Dr. Pranav Loyalka, Kevin was on the list for 16 months. During that time Kevin had a pic line and Kelly had to help him change the medication every day.  On March 28, 2011 Dr. O. H. Frazier performed another heart transplant on Kevin.  Kevin recovered and went home in April 2011.


...Kevin is enjoying life with Kelly and he is able to ride his recumbent bike most days to the park and back, as well as work out with free weights. Kevin’s parents were told when he was 5 that he most likely wouldn’t live to see 12, but the will of the Lord and using the medical technology at TCH and SLEH Kevin is able to live a good healthy life.



Heart Golf Classic

  • Join us Nov 6, 2017 for a great day of golf to benefit the Heart Exchange Support Group and its efforts to provide significant emotional support for patients awaiting a heart transplant!


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Monthly Social

  • 2nd Saturday of the month at CHI St. Luke's Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, Texas - Cooley Auditorium 6:00 pm

  • Transplant Support Group Meeting

    This meeting takes place every Wednesday at 10:00 am at CHI St. Luke's Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, Texas


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