Living Donation

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.

George and Diana MacDonald: Living-Donor Liver Transplant Patient Story

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For three years, George MacDonald fought cirrhosis, an illness in which healthy liver tissue is replaced with scar tissue, leading to fatigue, weight loss, easy bruising, and discoloration in the skin and eyes. His daughter, Diana, saw he was getting sicker. As a nurse working at UPMC Passavant, she had some sense of what he was going through, and she wanted to help. But she wasn’t sure how."


Doug Battles and Barb Karner: Living-Donor Liver Transplant Patient Story

Doug Battles and Barb Karner: Living-Donor Liver Transplant Patient Story

What he thought was a simple nosebleed turned out to be the first visible sign of cirrhosis. Doug needed a living-donor liver transplant and an old family friend, Barb, was the perfect match.

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Barb Bowser and Danielle Seger: Living-Donor Liver Transplant Patient Story

Barb Bowser and Danielle Seger

After enduring extensive treatment for liver cancer, Barb learned that she would soon need a liver transplant. Little did she know that her life would be saved by someone she had not even met yet.

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Gary & Bob: Liver Transplant Patient Story

Gary and Bob

Gary needed a liver transplant due to damage caused by hepatitis C, but didn’t want to ask any family members to make the sacrifice to donate. When his son-in-law Robert heard, he knew he immediately that he would be his living donor.

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

 Kathy and Jeremy Monteverde

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.

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Patricia and Joe Hurley: Living-Donor Liver Transplant Patient Story

Patricia and Joe Hurley

Patricia had developed cirrhosis which led to many complications. A living-donor liver transplant was the best solution for Patricia's situation. And her son, Joe, was the perfect match.

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Michael Pitterich: Living-Donor Liver Transplant Patient Story

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.

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Stephanie Fisher: Living-Donor Liver Transplant Donor Story

Stephanie Fisher

When Stephanie Fisher learned that her brother-in-law Rick, was sick and in need of a life-saving liver transplant, she was in shock. But, thanks to her selfless decision to become his living donor, Rick has been given a second chance at life and is going great.

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Linda Turkaly: Liver Transplant Patient Story


Linda’s liver and kidney transplants gave her the chance to enjoy travel with her family.

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Jill Leeper: Living-Donor Liver Transplant Donor Story

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.

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Denise Bursey: Liver Transplant Patient Story

Denise Bursey

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

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Susan Sher: Liver Transplant Patient Story

Susan Sher

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

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