liver transplants

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The National Institutes of Health announced Monday the launch of a large scale clinical trial that will expand efforts to give more HIV positive transplant candidates new kidneys. The new study will track 160 kidney transplants.

Searching For A New Liver; Traveling For A Transplant

Mar 22, 2016
Seth Doraiswami
Karen Shakerdge / WHYY

Last summer, Seth Doraiswami, a stonemason from Belmont, Massachusetts planned a trip to Wisconsin, to get a new liver.

Doraiswami, 33, was born with a liver disease called biliary atresia, which causes bile ducts to become inflamed and the liver to scar. At 11 weeks old he had a risky procedure done that saved his life, and for years he took antibiotics to stay healthy. But in December of 2014, while he was living in Italy with his wife and son, the disease caught up with him again.

Vicki Hornbuckle used to play the piano at her church. But that was before her liver started failing.

"I had to give it up because I couldn't keep up," says Hornbuckle, 54, of Snellville, Georgia. "I didn't have the energy to do three services on Sunday. You're just too tired to deal with anything. And so, it's not a life that you want to live."

But Hornbuckle hasn't given up. She's fighting to stay alive long enough to get a liver transplant.