HOUSTON -- Three blood drives are being organized to help replace supplies that were used as a woman known as the Bionic Bride recovers in a Houston hospital.

Ally Smith Babineaux, who got the nickname from People magazine, lost the inauspicious title this week because she received a heart transplant.

The Texas A&M student first made headlines when doctors at the Texas Heart Institute in the Texas Medical Center installed a Left Ventricular Assist Device or LVAD. She suffered from viral cardiomyopathy. The original hope was that the heart pump would allow her heart to heal, and that she would eventually recover. The device, powered by batteries she carried in a backpack, did allow her to get on with her life and even marry her college sweetheart last year.

The indications for using the pump is a patient facing a terminal situation, and Ally was certainly facing that when we put the pump in two years ago, said famed heart surgeon Dr. O.H. Frazier with the Texas Heart Institute.

Frazier installed the first LVAD in a patient 2003.

To date there have been more than 11,000 of them implanted worldwide, which is a gratifying thing, Frazier said.

Gratifying most of all to Babineaux and her family, because it served as a nearly two-year bridge to the life-saving heart transplant she received this past Tuesday.

And she got the biggest smile on her face and looked at us and gave us the good ole Aggie thumbs up and said I m ready to go, Krista Smith said of her daughter s reaction as she was wheeled into surgery.

Doctors say the transplant went well and that Babineaux s prognosis is good. Now her family praises the miracles of modern medicine and the generosity of an unidentified donor family. 

Here is the information on the blood drives:

Fri., Feb. 18th - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm @ Austin High School - 3434 Pheasant Creek Dr. Sugar Land

Sun., Feb. 20th - 8:00 am - 1:00 pm @ River Point Church - 5000 Ransome Rd Richmond

Mon., Feb 21st - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm @Brazos Family Medicine - 1301 Memorial Dr Bryan, TX

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