Liver Transplant: Doug's Story

Liver transplant recipient Doug treasures every moment he spends with his family.Doug and his family are strong advocates for organ donation, and have a deep sense of appreciation for the gift of life it brings.


Doug had been very sick for several months, with a virus that filled his body with infection. The virus quickly and inexplicably attacked Doug's liver and he was in and out of hospitals for several months. To complicate matters, during his illness, Doug found out he had an inherited heart arrhythmia that would make surgery very risky.


Doug was transferred to UW Hospital and Clinics, where physicians treated his arrhythmia and helped him get strong enough to undergo transplant surgery. He spent most of May and June in the hospital. On July 16, 2010 Doug was told he had approximately one week to live if he did not receive a liver transplant. Three days later, he received one.


Today Doug and his wife Chris can't say enough about their experience at UW Hospital and Clinics.


"Everyone from the parking attendant to the physicians and everyone in-between was just wonderful," said Doug. "We were so fortunate to have such a great group of people behind us all the way."


Doug appreciates every day – whether he is going off to work, serving as a volunteer firefighter or spending time with his grandchildren and loving family – Doug continues to live his life to the fullest.