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Liver Transplant: Bill's Story

“I do not believe I could have received a higher degree of care anywhere else.”
 
- Bill Vancil, who underwent a liver transplant at UW Hospital and Clinics
 
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Bill Vancil of Cross Plains received a liver transplant at UW Hospital and Clinics in February 2010Bill Vancil of Cross Plains received a liver transplant at UW Hospital and Clinics. 

 

In February 2010, I received a liver transplant at the UW Transplant Clinic.

 

One of the hardest parts of the experience was the waiting. Every time I'd hear a helicopter coming in, I would think, "Maybe that's it." Eventually, the new liver did arrive.

 

During the surgery, doctors determined the liver was not capable of functioning properly. I was placed high on the priority list, as I was very near death. A second liver was located and, with it, the surgeons literally brought me back from the dead.

 

The care I received during my 3½ months in the hospital was superior, from the emergency room attendants to the surgeons to the rehab staff. I do not believe I could have received a higher degree of care anywhere else.