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UPMC Liver Transplant Patient Stories

Our patient stories profile those who have had liver transplants at UPMC. Although everyone’s care experience is unique, we hope that sharing these stories will help prospective patients and their families better understand these procedures and their potential impact on patients’ lives.

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

Denise Bursey

Denise Bursey

In July 2004, Denise received a new liver and a second chance at life.

» Read Denise's story.

Michael Pitterich

When Michael Pitterich learned that he needed a liver transplant, he very quickly started looking for a live donor. A friend volunteered to get tested and found she was a perfect match. Since his transplant, Michael is doing well and will always remember the gift of life his donor gave him.

» Read Michael's story.

Susan Sher
Susan Sher

Susan's liver transplant in June 1982 let her return to her normal life. Now she's enjoying retirement.

» Read Susan's story.


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