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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.

Jill Leeper
Jill Leeper

When Jill Leeper learned that her father was in liver failure, she knew that she needed to do something to help. Knowing that a living-donor liver transplant could save his life, Jill volunteered to get tested. Luckily, she was a perfect match.

» Read Jill's story.

Kathy and Jeremy Monteverde
Kathy and Jeremy Monteverde - Living-Donor Liver Transplant Patient Story

After learning that his mother was sick and needed a liver transplant, Jeremy Monteverde was determined to help. By being her living donor, he was able to save her life.

» Read Kathy and Jeremy'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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