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Lisa and Russell Ford at SECU Family House in Chapel Hill.

Russell Ford received a heart transplant at UNC Hospitals in July 2009 after suffering from congestive heart failure for 10 years. Dr. Michael Bowdish of the UNC Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery was his transplant surgeon.  In “Family House Diaries,” written by Elizabeth Swaringen for UNC Health Care, Mr. Ford tells the story of his illness, his surgery and the experience his family had at SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals.  The Family House is a non-profit hospital hospitality house, offering housing and other support services to adult patients and their families.