Jennifer’s Journey to a Normal Life
From birth, Jennifer struggled with nutrition — it was a challenge to eat and gain weight. After years of unsuccessful surgeries, medications, and family relocations seeking access to medical care that would provide the answer, Jennifer’s doctors told her to travel from Atlanta, Ga. to UPMC Transplant Services in Pittsburgh, Pa.
In Pittsburgh, Jennifer received a transplant evaluation and began waiting on the small bowel transplant list. Six weeks later, she had surgery.
Despite the challenges of transplant surgery and a round of severe rejection, Jennifer was able to lead what she describes as “a normal life.” In fact, in 2008, she became the first adult small bowel transplant recipient to have natural child birth. She had a healthy baby boy, Steven — named after her small bowel donor.
Learn more about Jennifer’s family and her small bowel transplant.