A Son's Search for a Living Donor
In June of 2014, Kathy began feeling very tired at work, so she made an appointment with her doctor. After a series of tests, Kathy learned that she had nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).
NASH is a serious disease that causes inflammation and damage to the liver due to a buildup of fat.
Kathy started treatment at the UPMC Center for Liver Diseases.
After an extended stay in the hospital, Kathy received devastating news. Her disease had progressed, and she would need a liver transplant to survive. Her care team placed her on the liver transplant waiting list. But with 15,000 others also on the list, Kathy began to lose hope.
Kathy's son Jeremy has always been close with his mom. So, when she fell ill, he didn't even think twice about helping her. Desperate to save his mother's life, Jeremy began researching living-donor liver transplants. He decided to have tests done to see if he was a possible donor, and luckily was a perfect match!
With the support of their family and the UPMC liver transplant team, Kathy and Jeremy had a successful living-donor liver transplant. Today, both Kathy and Jeremy have recovered, and Kathy could celebrate a very special day with Jeremy — his wedding.
Learn more about Kathy's and Jeremy's living-donor liver transplant at UPMC.