April 7th, 2017
Owning a successful financial planning firm for 20 years taught Terrance McMahon to plan for the future and for the unexpected. On May 26, 2016, all those years of planning became critical for Terrance.
That day, heart palpitations sent him to a local hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he lived. Although he thought he was having a heart attack, he admits later that he hadn't felt well for the previous six months.
"My eyes were bloodshot," Terrance says. "I was jaundiced, and I had bruises."
Blood tests at the emergency room indicated Terrance had severely deteriorated liver function.
"The doctor said I could die that night," Terrance says. "I went from being on top of the world to being told, 'You might not make it.'"
March 31st, 2017
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 »
February 7th, 2017
There is no doubt in Richard Parker’s mind that he’s been given not one, but two new leases on life because of Mayo Clinic.
Richard underwent a liver transplant in 2007 at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus. For years after that, all was well. But then, in 2016, his transplanted liver failed, and he turned to Mayo Clinic once again. A second transplant now has him back on his feet and extremely grateful to his donors and his care team. Read the rest of this entry »