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March 31st, 2017

Friend’s Generosity and Successful Transplant Give Maikki Nekton a New Way of Looking at the World

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Diagnosed with cancer of the bile ducts, Maikki Nekton needed a liver transplant. When her friend, Jenifer DeMattia, stepped up to be the donor, it changed both their lives.

Maikki Nekton was 32 years old when she had a life-saving liver transplant, thanks to her good friend, Jenifer DeMattia, who donated a portion of her own liver to Maikki.

Prior to the transplant, Maikki worked as a clinical social worker in the Maryland school system and for nonprofit organizations. Jenifer was her co-worker, and they became fast friends. Long-distance running was a shared passion, with the two women participating in 10K races and half-marathons whenever possible.

In April 2014, while training, Maikki began experiencing pain in her right hip. It was diagnosed as a stress fracture, which doctors said was rare for someone so young. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: cholangiocarcinoma, Dr Charles Rosen, Liver Transplant Program, Living donor transplant, Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis


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