Transplant recipient pays back with apartment

ST. LOUIS (AP) — People who come to St. Louis for medical transplants often stay up to half a year for follow-up care. A new apartment will provide a place for their relatives, thanks to a grateful transplant recipient.

Larry Bonds of St. Louis County received a new heart in 2008. Since then, he has built organ donor registries and raise awareness about transplants.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1pEO1n6 ) reports the Larry D. Bonds Foundation for Life is sponsoring the apartment to house families of organ transplant recipients during their medical treatment.

The foundation will pay the $800 rent and utilities on the one-bedroom apartment on Hampton Avenue. Families staying there will be charged $30 per night, but many will pay no cost at all, depending on their financial situation.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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