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Breck- Liver Recipient

I received my liver transplant on Valentine’s Day 2013 from a very giving and loving family.  Thanks to the families decision to be a donor family I am living and healthy today.

I hope that everyone reading this story will become a donor and give life to others, what a wonderful gift.  I had my transplant at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, TN, a very caring and understanding place.  My doctor was David Raiford, a man who supported and walked with me through my transplant trip.  It was a 13 year trip, I had non-alc


oholic cirrhosis so it was a slow process on getting my MELD score high enough to get on the transplant list.  I was fortunate because my health was manageable during most of my wait.

The last 2 years were the worst, I was able to keep working until the last year, I lost over 60 pounds and had no energy.  Thanks to a wonderful and supporting family I was able to keep the right frame of mind knowing this would soon be over and there would be better days ahead.

I received my call on Valentine’s Day, 6 hours later I was in recovery.  After 7 days in the hospital I move to a friend’s home in Nashville where I went daily to the hospital for check-ups.  I Moved home 3 weeks later and started my healing process.

It took a full year before I felt totally recovered and now I can do just about anything I want to do.  Thanks to the donor family and the doctors at Vanderbilt I can live a normal life, I take rejection medicine twice a day and that’s all the medicine I take.  Please be sure to sign up for the gift of life to someone else, I have.