Successful Multi-Organ Transplant Surgery for 11-year-old Clayton Girl

June 14, 2014 23:29 pm · 25 comments


As we previously reported earlier today, Katie-Grace Groebner, the little 11-year-old girl from Clayton who suffers from a rare condition called Pulmonary Hypertension, reported to Stanford Hospital today for a heart & lung transplant.

The surgery is complete, and we have good news to report!

Katie-Grace’s mother, Kathy, said “Organs were good, they’re a match, and they’re sowing her up now. Please remember to keep the donor family in mind and prayers as there are no words that can express my gratefulness for the gift they have given us today.”

Further updates show Katie-Grace is out of surgery and in recovery.

Our thoughts & prayers are with the Groebner family and the donor family.

For the latest updates on her recovery, please visit Katie-Grace’s website.

photo: Katie-Grace before surgery. Courtesy of the Groebner family

Kristy June 14, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Such awesome news! I will continue to pray!!

TraumaRX June 14, 2014 at 11:49 PM

Great news. What a trooper she is! And thanks to the medical team.

spudly June 15, 2014 at 12:28 AM

Absolutely incredible. Words fail me. God bless all involved.

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K2TheSee June 15, 2014 at 1:24 AM

I hope this little girl prospers and lives an enormously normal and full/embracing life. Being a great friend, wonderful Mom, excellent executive , President of the US, or that sweet business owner that takes care of you as a customer!

Michelle June 15, 2014 at 2:03 AM

Katie prayers for full recovery are continuing, this is wonderful hear.

Peanut Gallery June 15, 2014 at 7:42 AM

Great news!

Shasta Daisy June 15, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Wonderful news.
Continued prayers for the days ahead.

Dave Allen June 15, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Fantastic news. Prayers for a successful recovery. And blessings to the family of the donor.

Cowellian June 15, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Very good news, indeed!

Good heart June 15, 2014 at 9:10 AM

What great news! God Bless and may the good thoughts and healing continue!

Barbara June 15, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Love and prayers

Silva June 15, 2014 at 10:28 AM

I’m so very happy you’ve reached this incredible milestone in your precious Life!

Pop Tabs June 15, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Does anyone know about the fundraiser for collecting pop tabs for the R. M house?

C. Young June 15, 2014 at 10:37 AM

I am so glad to hear Katie now may have a chance at a normal healthy life. I also have PH but have been holding steady for 3 years. God Bless the donor family!!

Enfield303 June 15, 2014 at 10:40 AM

That truly is fantastic news. Just the thought of such a procedure is mind boggling. Many blessings to your family, and to the donor family.

Random Task June 15, 2014 at 11:28 AM


MadMom June 15, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Terrific news. You are all in my heart <3

Road King Terry June 15, 2014 at 4:42 PM

very awesome!

Lois June 15, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Just got home from visiting Katie. I am still in a state if awe over the last 2 days. The doctors can’t believe that she was able to participate in all the end of elementary school activities and parties. After seeing the condition of her heart they were amaized that she was able to do anything but sit in a chair. On Friday she was swimming…when she swims she has a dry suit. She will now be able to wear a bathing suit like all the other kids. She doesn’t have to wear a back pack filled with medicine pumping directly into her heart. She is going to be a regular kid.
We won’t know until after the mandatory year waiting period if the donors family would like to meet her. We know nothing about the donor, but the donor and the family will always have our hearts for the incredible gift of his or her heart. Now that I can rest and have peace knowing Katie’s life has been saved, I pray for the life that was lost to make Katie’s Dream come true. We do know that another child, possibly more have also revived life changing gifts from this donor. Rest in peace sweet angel and I pray that your family will find comfort and peace in this horrible time in their lives.

checkitout June 16, 2014 at 7:31 AM

Wonderful news! Go Katie Go! You are an inspiration!

Mel June 16, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Great news! Good luck Katie – May your transplant give you a long and healthy life. For miracles like this to happen for the more than 22,000 people in California who wait we need everyone to register as donors. Be a hero and give hope – sign up at the DMV or at

Yay !! June 16, 2014 at 9:17 AM

@Lois, thank you for the updates & so pleased she is doing well. God Bless her & her family for a full & uneventful recovery. Prayers to the family who lost their child.

Hope everyone takes a moment to sign their donor card, now that they see the good it can do. Don’t take your organs to heaven!

The Snows

Atticus Thraxx June 16, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Great news! Please keep the updates coming. Amazes me that such a thing can even be done. Some badd*ss doctors and nurses, that’s for sure.

Atticus Thraxx June 21, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Update on Katie-Grace from one day ago:

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