Patient & Family Partner: The Hankins Family

HankinsFamily“In 2010, I was given a second chance at a better life from a liver transplant at Methodist,” David Hankins shared.

“The transplant has enabled me to experience some of the happiest years of my life. My wife, Rita, and I have been blessed to see our son, Blake, marry a wonderful woman, Sloane, and have two precious children, Vivian and Oliver.”

David and his family are grateful for the care they received during his transplant, “My surgeon and every member of the team were top notch professionals and exceptionally kind. The Methodist staff became like an extended family to us. They were genuinely willing to do whatever was needed to make my family and me comfortable and full of hope in a stressful situation.”

Following David’s transplant, the Hankins have expressed their gratitude through their generous support, including a donation in 2018 to benefit both Methodist’s Transplant Institute and

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

“In 2016, when our granddaughter, Vivian, was born, she spent 65 days at the NICU at Methodist Germantown. Through her care and my transplant surgery, we have seen first-hand the quality of care and dedication provided by Methodist. Through our gift, we want to help ensure that these facilities are here to help other families and also to provide resources to keep advancing patient care,” David shared.

In recognition of their support, a Transplant Family Waiting Area in Methodist University Hospital Shorb Tower will be named in the Hankins family’s honor.

“This new facility will give transplant patients the best care possible. My family is deeply grateful and honored to have our names together on a waiting area that will be a peaceful refuge for other families,” David shared.