Topic: My transplant story
I posted this in the introduction section but was asked to post my story here also. I've added a few details here regarding my transplant.
Hello all! My name is Rachael; I'm 28 years old. On Aug 6th 2010, I was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma. I found a wonderful surgeon, Dr. Marvin, at Jewish Hospital who was willing to take a chance on me and perform a liver resection. On Aug 12th, my 9cm tumor and 70% of my liver were removed. The surgery was proclaimed a success and for a few days, everyone was very optimistic. Unfortunately, my portal vein clotted and my remaining liver began to fail. Several surgeries were performed to try to fix the problem but they were unsuccessful. By some stroke of luck, UCLA was contacted and Dr. Busetill agreed to take me as transplant candidate. On Aug 23, I was flown while on advanced life support to CA. On Aug 25th, I received my new liver. I had several more surgeries to correct some portal vein issues and hematomas. In total, I had 16 surgeries and spent more than 3 weeks in the ICU much of the time on advanced life support. After I left the hospital, I spent another 6 weeks in CA and was finally able to return home on Nov 10th. Originally, I was supposed to undergo chemo but after much discussion and thought, it was determined to pose more risk than benefit.
If anyone has any questions at all, please feel free to ask!!