About 50 people showed up at the Slaton clubhouse on Sunday to honor a young man who is a living miracle in that community. Timmy Garcia is 18 now, but you may remember his younger years when he was desperate for a liver transplant.
After regular treatment at the Children's Hospital at UMC to buy Timmy more time, that lifesaving transplant finally came 10 years ago, which was reason enough for a celebration on this anniversary -- to give thanks to a donor family -- to skilled doctors here and in Houston -- and to those who donated to the Children's Miracle Network Telethon which helped provide the kind of equipment Timmy needed to stay alive.
"He was little when this started. He was just four weeks-old, and they had all the equipment that fit him. I don't think he'd be here today if it weren't for UMC," says Timmy's mother, Phyliss Miller.
"I just want to thank everybody. I really appreciate everything. If I hadn't had this, I wouldn't have made it 10 years, and it's really been a blessing to have all of them in my life," says Timmy Garcia.
Timmy is graduating this year from Slaton High School and plans to continue his education at South Plains College.