Paul,Something deep inside told me your work here on earth was not
complete and that you would get the heart needed to go on and touch so many more
lives and hearts through your music and inspiration.I was given the
opportunity to meet you and your lovely family through your sister Rebecca here
in Texas. I was invited by her and her family to hear you speak and play that
evening. It was a once in a life time experience for which I will be forever
greatful. Now when I am lonely or down I pull one of your CDs, shut my eyes and
and let the music take over.You will always be in my prayers and I hope to
meet you again someday. In the mean time get well and may God bless you and your
I am quite sure they meant to say Paul is the oldest living Utah patient with
his type of defect and with a fontan operation.
SO happy for you Paul! There's many happy years ahead for you! We're looking
foward to all the music you share with us in the near future!I do,
however, want to state that the author of this article got one piece of info
wrong. "At 36, Cardall was the oldest Utah patient with congenital heart
disease to have survived to his age without a transplant." I'm 38, have a CHD,
have lived in Utah all my life, and have not had a transplant yet. NOT BRAGGING
here, just correcting some information.Still, for Paul to have lived
for 36 years with the type of CHD he had is nothing short of a miracle! And now
another miracle has happened! SO AWESOME!!!
My daughter had heart problems which were partially helped by surgery. She is
now in college, works full time, and is taking salsa dancing class. What a
blessing to have a second chance at life. I'm very happy for you and your
family. Please take it slow, recuperate, and then get busy and write some more
of your wonderful music - I play it often on the piano! Lots of love and hugs
from Tucson, AZ.
Today is the first day of the rest of your life, Paul. Please continue sharing
your heavenly music. Lyn
So happy for you Paul. My sister had congential heart disease. Three holes in
the heart. She was an inspiration to everyone. I feel elated and sooooo....
happy to have read your story. It's wonderful to know that you have benefited
from modern science. Thank you for your courage and your beautiful music.
God bless you and your family. I've been following your situation on DN. MayGods
richrst blessings be with you.
Paul, you have a life to live! I'd heard your story a few months ago and I'm
glad to hear things have gotten better.
I'm from St. George and I followed with broken heart, the news of your brother
and what happened in Hurricane. My heart goes out to your family. At
the same time I knew of your situation and I included all your family in my
prayers. The songs on your "Miracles" CD became very poignant to me also. I
have piano students who are learning your music and we all wish you the very
Best wishes for a healthy and full life ahead with your family. Our thoughts
are with you as well as with the family who made such a generous donation in a
time of great grief. blessings to all.
I am so happy for you and your family Paul! I play your music all the time and
love it so much. I have sent the children's album to my little granddaughter.
I know she will sing along. May you continue to be blessed with strength and
good health and all wonderful things possible for you and your family. I also
pray for Anna and her girls. God bless your whole family. I send you my
sincere congrats and love. I also will pray for the donor family.With lots of love
Paul and family we are so very grateful for God's love and mercy. May he
continue to bless you with health and strength for many years to come. Your
faith and goodness will be an inspiration to so very many of us who have
struggles and trials here on this earth. God Bless You!
The story is a fantastic example of courage and faith. However, I see no reason
to have made mention of the brother's mental issues associated with his death
earlier this year. Poorly written story and an unnecessary inserted portion re
the brother. BUT...hats off to his family's courage and convictions.
Congratulations to Paul and the whole Cardall family! May you have many more
years to make beautiful music for the world!
YEA!!! And may those who are also in need be blessed! Congrats Paul and family
Dear Paul, Anna & your Family~What a miracle to read in the DN about your
heart. I have followed your stories with interest. I had the impression as I
read the other comments that your rrother, Brian has had a big influence from
the other side to meet the individual whose heart was donated to you. HOW COOL
IS THAT? Anyway, I am SO pleased for all of you that everything has worked
together for your good. I listen to your Christmas Box CD anytime of year. I
think it is heaven sent and know you have yet much of your talent and give to
contribute more music. You must write your story of great faith and tell it is
many ways, book, movie, cds etc. It is incredible and a story that needs to be
heard about miracles in our day. Blessings to you for a rapid recovery and the
extension of your life and fulfillment of your baby blessing as a wee babe and
the voice spoken through your father's. It is a testament of faith and promises
kept shows GOD remembers & is the same today and forever.
Like Linda from Seattle said, our family feels like we "know you" Paul and it
has been such an inspiration to hear your music and follow your story. The
playing for Eden Concert was amazing and now I've decided to write an college
english paper on your story. Thanks for being a Latter-Day hero to me and my
We are so happy for you Paul. You are an amazing person who has touched the
lives of so many through your beautiful musical talent. Best of luck for a
Hooray!!! Yepee!!!! and all the other good exclamantions that say this is
wonderful.We've said our Thank You prayers and asked for comfort for the
family of the donor...We know they will feel that love....Janee and Lyle
I was at the funeral and it was wonderful to feel and see the family love and
compassion that was there. your faith and love will take your family far. Each
day I actually drive by the spot where Brian was brought down and so I think of
him all the time. Our prayers and hopes are with Paul and Anna and the girls.
I remember well when you were born, one week before my own daughter. I remember
at your baby blessing that your father blessed you to grow to maturity and have
a family, even though the doctors said your prognosis was less than a year.
What great faith your father had, and what great faith you have developed
through these trials.
We feel like we "know you," as we follow your blogand touching story. When
I heard you received yourheart, I yelled from my office, to my husband,
HONEY,PAUL GOT HIS HEART. And he knew exactly what I wastalking
about. It makes no difference that he nevermet you, is not of your
faith...he felt a bond. Helost his 37 year old son last year of a heart
defect,and he was so championing your overcoming. God blessyou Paul
and family, and for touching our lives.
I was listening to Paul's music as i ran across this article. I did not know of
his heart problems, but I weep gratefully and thank our loving Savior for
preserving Paul's life. His music has touch my heart so deeply and my testimony
is strengthen every time. May God continue to bless you and that your patience
will be long for the blessing of opposition we face in life that brings out the
very best the Savior sees in us.
I am so very happy for Paul and his family. They have been a great example of
people who bear life's burdens with courage, faith, and grace. Perhaps that is
one reason Paul's music has such depth and beauty. It has calmed my heart in the
midst of my own trials many a time. Thank you for that!God bless the
donor family, too.
To all the Cardall Family...thank you for your good examples of "hanging in
there". We are all aware of the personal challenges your family has faced this
past year. May you find peace and solace in this wonderful event for your
family. Our prayers are with your family for Paul's speedy recovery and a
reminder of Our Heavenly Father's tender mercies in all of our lives. Best of
luck to you Paul for a long, healthy life!
I hope some day we are able to meet you and your beautiful family. Your brother
and wife live in our ward and we have 'lived' some of your experiences through
them. Thank you for your beautiful music, faith, and trust in the Lord. God
bless you for a sucessful and speedy recovery so you can once again continue to
bless all our lives with your talents and love of your fellow man. God bless,
too, the family of your donor. Miracles do happen!
Best wishes to Paul and the entire Cardall family. My prayers will include them
and the family of the donor. We do live in a day and age of miracles. In my own
life I have been the recipient of many. All to often people now take things like
this for granted. May we all stop and give thanks for the gifts the Lord has
Congrats, Paul. We're praying for a speedy and full recovery. Ofa atu.
When I want to meditate and find time for myself I often put Paul's music on, at
work, in the car, the garage, or in the house. It brings peace to my soul.Having only recently become aware of his heart condition (I'm from
Seattle), I prayed for this young man, that a heart would be found, that God
would bless him with extended time here on this earth, to spend with his family
and friends, and to use his musical gifts to inspire us.This is why
we are organ donors, to give someone joy in the light of our own tragedies.Faith, don't face life without it.
My husband worked with Dr. Veasy years ago and had nothing but kind words to say
about him. Congrats to Duane and fam. Having lost a son to congenital heart
failure when he was 23 I have some limited idea of what this must be like,
wishing and hoping. What a kind family who allowed their loved ones heart to
give another life.
Best Wishes to Bro Cardall & his family. Bless you that you may recover quickly
and continue to share your beautiful music to all of us. Love your music! You
must be a very special man to be given another chance to share your talent.
Thank you for all that you to do for us. Again, Congratulations and may the Lord
continue to bless you & your family.
This is truly one of many miracles in action. May you have many years of joy
ahead of you, Paul, as you go forward and take on the life you are meant to
have. May this also be a reminder for all of us - organ and tissue
donations are a tremendous gift of the ultimate service we can provide. Have you
signed up today?
Best wishes to the Cardall family. This has been a challenging and difficult
year for them.Thank you to the family who found it in their souls to
give the gift of life even while they are grieving.Both families are
real examples to all of us.
Jimmy - in addition to being a good honest man, he is also very generous. A few
years ago, I asked him for some autographed CDs for a charity event. He
provided the CDs without cost. Oddly, he had not autographed them. I let him
know I was glad to pay for the CDs, but that he was the only one who could
autograph them. We laughed and then he signed all the albums. Orphans in
Zambia were the beneficiary of his kindness.
I had a chance to meet Paul about a year ago. Without going into detail of our
interaction I can say he is a good honest man. I am happy for him.
Best wishes to the Cardall family. I have been watching Paul's story (thanks
DN!)and am thrilled that a heart became available. We are truly blessed to lived
in this country and this time when medical miracles happen. I encourage all to
be organ donors - and make sure to tell your family of your choice!
Best wishes, I've followed this from Texas for a while. Hope quality of
physical life improves for him immediately; it'll be life as he hasn't known
it.Coincidentally Dr. Veasey did a heart cath on me at 14 in
December 1971 at PCH (fortunately determined the murmur was innocuous...I'm
almost 53 now) - at the time the Utah Stars were big... all I remember of the
procedure was them talking endlessly about a game the previous night.
This is a very well written article. I am looking forward to an op ed from Lee
Benson. He will have insight available to no other.
Great news.Dr. Veasey was my little sister's cardiologist many, many
years ago. Our family got to know him well. I'm glad to see that he was wrong,
for once.Paul, Live long and prosper. You will have more time to
share your incredible gift for music with us.
May God bless the family who gave so much and for Mr. Cardell. Miracles happen!
Great News Paul!! I hope for a speedy recovery. Monte
May God continue to bless you. Thanks for your example. We will continue to
pray for you.
What a fantastic event. God Bless Mr. Cardell with a speedy recovery and a new
quality of life that he has yet to experience. I too await a miracle from above
as I am in need of a new set of lungs due to Cystic Fibrosis. Thanks to all the
individuals that are willing to share their life saving organs with complete
strangers to give us a second chance at life. Miracles from above continue
This is the best news of the day! My family and I are very glad that he has
gotten his heart! What an example of faith and courage he is.
right from the start of Dr Barnards, first attempt in south africa so many years
ago many people havebenefited from this kind of transplant surgery(and the
other organ transplant surgery)so we have much to thank God for these fine
medical saviours who have saved so many lives who in turn have enriched the
world by their saved talents; bro Cardall be a becone of hope for others who
stand in need. God bless all involved.
I pray that Paul Cardall will continue to do well and that the donor family will
be comforted and at peace after their generous gift of their loved one's heart.
Paul has a lot more beautiful music to write. I love his album, Faithful, and
listen to it on my iPod frequently.
Thank you for sharing yourself with all of us. You have touched numerous lives
through your kindness and music! May God bless you!
We are so grateful Edens dad has received his new heart! We will continue to
pray for the Cardall family and also for the donor family. We hope things will
continue to go well as Paul recovers. Hopefully his story will help others to
decide to become donors. Miracles do happen! Get well soon!
Congratulations Cardall family - praying for a speedy and complete recovery. God
Wonderful! Our prayers for a safe and speedy recovery, and MUCH more music.