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Liver Transplant: Wayne's Story

"It was so appropriate that after spending only five days in the hospital, I was able to come home on Good Friday and spend Easter with my family. I had definitely received a new life! "
 
-- Wayne, who received a donor organ from an anonymous donor
Wayne, from La Crosse, received a liver transplant in April 2006.
 
Wayne received a liver transplant from an anonymous donor at UW Hospital and Clinics in 2006In January 2006, I was transferred from my local hospital to UW Hospital and Clinics in Madison after being told my liver was failing and I would possibly need a liver transplant.
 
After further testing, I was diagnosed with a very rare disease called Budd-Chiari Syndrome, which means I had blood clots in my liver.
 
There was no way to tell how long the clots had been there before I started experiencing symptoms. I had been diagnosed with an extremely rare blood clotting disorder called Antiphospholipid Syndrome about 25 years earlier and had been on blood thinner ever since.
 
After spending approximately one month at UW Hospital and Clinics, I was placed at No. 1 on the transplant list, I waited approximately six more weeks when I received a call that they had found a donor for me.
 
The liver transplant was successfully performed on April 7, 2006. It was so appropriate that after spending only five days in the hospital, I was able to come home on Good Friday and spend Easter with my family. I had definitely received a new life!
 
Words cannot express how grateful my family and I are to my donor family and the medical personnel at UW Hospital and Clinics. Without all of them, I would not be here today. Although I have not heard from my donor family, I am hopeful that someday they will find the courage to get in touch with me and my family so that we can thank them in person for their wonderful gift.