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"It makes me cry to think of what I would have missed.”

Teresa Chandler, Living Donor Liver Recipient, 2010

Sarah Chandler,  Living Liver Donor, 2010

Teresa Chandler Liver Recipient & Sarah Chandler Living Liver Donor, 2010

Teresa was diagnosed with Wilson’s Disease in 1985. 25 years later, she was a happily married mom of nine children when her liver began to fail. She was transported by ambulance to University Transplant Center on the Saturday before Mother’s Day. “The thought of being in the hospital and not with my children on Mother’s Day was heartbreaking, but Sarah told me if I gave up this one, I would be around for a lot more.” When the option of living donation came up, the family jumped up. Her son, Zach, was the first to ask, but he wasn’t old enough, and her brother wasn’t a match, but her oldest daughter, Sarah, was a perfect match. For Sarah, there was no hesitation. “Not having my mom around was not an option.” Not long after the transplant, Sarah got engaged. Teresa says, “I thank God every day for blessing me with a second chance to enjoy every moment with my children. It makes me cry to think of what I would have missed.”

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