Our Miracle on Shamrock
 
 
Bishop Wm. LaRue Dillard, PhD. made history on September 5, 2014, after months of waiting, William, then 78, and his wife, Betty Gay Dillard, got the call: “We have a heart for the Bishop,” said Dr. Jon Kobashigawa, chair of Heart Transplantation Medicine at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. The heart came from a 35-year-old father of four. 
 
Some heart transplant programs would have considered William too old to undergo a transplant at 78.
 
But researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute have studied transplants in older patients and found that select patients, age 70 and older, can undergo transplantation with similar outcomes to younger recipients.
 
“Today, you’d never know he’d had a heart transplant,” Dr. Kobashigawa says. “Every patient here gets a fair and objective evaluation, and we really weigh each case very carefully. We’re happy we could help him.”
 
The support of his congregation and the love of his family were instrumental factors in his recovery, William says. The Bishop shared his worries with the congregation, and they prayed for him.
“The skill of the surgeon, the discoveries that make operating rooms, anesthesia, and heart transplants possible—these are gracious and miraculous gifts,” William says.
 
William still leads Second Baptist Church in Monrovia, where he has served the parish since 1974.  He and Betty—who he affectionately calls “Apple Blossom”—have 5 kids, a son-in-law, and 3 grand kids.
 
It’s the size of the heart that matters, and these days, Bishop Wm. LaRue Dillard is overflowing with optimism and happiness.
 

Heart to Heart Organ Donor

Our Leadership
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bishop Wm. LaRue Dillard, PhD.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elder Robert Craig
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pastor Jason Jenkins
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Exhorter Eric Johnson