Families of two of Dr. Thomas Starzl’s history-making patients meet at Baylor!

Our thanks to Dr. Goran Klintmalm, founder and head of Baylor’s Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute, for hosting one of the most exciting BURDEN OF GENIUS screenings yet! Attending along with director Tjardus Greidanus, producer Laura Davis and Joy Starzl were the families of two of Dr. Thomas Starzl’s most extraordinary cases. John Rodriguez, back row behind Joy and Laura, is the brother of Julie Rodriguez, the recipient in the world’s first successful liver transplant which Dr. Starzl performed in Denver in 1967. In the front row is the family of Stormie Jones, the world’s first double heart-liver recipient, a surgery that took place at the University of Pittsburgh in 1984. Pictured left to right are Stormie’s step-dad Alan Purcell, mom Lois “Susie” Purcell, Lois’s granddaughter and daughter Misty. Julie’s and Stormie’s stories are both featured in BURDEN OF GENIUS and the two families knew of each other, but it was their first meeting. Hopefully not the last!