George Surratt felt like the luckiest man in the world when he got a liver transplant.

The wait list for an organ is so long that some patients run out of time.

And, so, nine years later, when the Maplewood engineer turned again to University of Minnesota doctors, this time for a kidney transplant, he was worried.

Could lightning strike twice and allow him to join his wife Lorna in watching their two kids grow into careers and maybe even families?

It did, and now George, 56, Platform Quality Director of the Medical Solutions Division at 3M, is the most thankful man in the world, too.

“Someone was gracious enough to gift me with one of their kidneys,” he says. “That still blows my mind. I don’t know who it was yet. But I hope to find out.”

Adds Dr. Andrew Adams, Division Chief and Professor of Transplantation, researcher and surgeon (M Health Fairview, University of Minnesota Physicians) who performed the transplant: “George is not only a model patient. He’s a powerful advocate for the work we do” – and still need to do.