Living Donation

Intestinal Transplant Patient Stories

At UPMC's Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation Center (IRTC), we put our patients first regardless of the complexity of their case. This patient-centered approach to care has provided new hope to many of our patients by restoring quality of life.

From intestinal transplant to rehabilitation and nutrition management, many of our past patients have gone on to help future patients better understand what to expect.

Note: These patients' treatment and results may not be representative of all similar cases.

Deena Schneider: Intestinal Transplant Patient Story

Deena Schneider

After suffering from a rare complication of bariatric surgery, Deena could no longer absorb any nutrition and had to be fed through a catheter. Fortunately, Deena found the IRTC at UPMC, where our doctors started her on a plan for surgical rehabilitation.

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Jennifer Alley Smith: Intestinal Transplant Patient Story

Jennifer Alley Smith

Throughout her childhood and adolescence, Jennifer was in and out of hospitals for a condition that prevented her from naturally absorbing nutrients from food. Finally, at 21 years old, doctors told her she needed a small bowel transplant and sent her to the experts at UPMC.

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