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November 25, 2012

Mexican man grateful for normal life after liver transplant

By Margaret Shepard

Mauricio Perez-Olegaray and his wifeWhen doctors in Mexico City diagnosed Mauricio Perez-Olegaray with liver cirrhosis, he thought the condition was the result of earlier alcohol consumption and a genetic predisposition. But at Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn., doctors discovered instead the silent progress of hepatitis C. For the next six years, a team of Mayo Clinic specialists cared for Perez, managing his symptoms with medication while monitoring his condition closely for any sign of the liver cancer that can be caused by the virus. When tumors were detected in the liver, Perez's name was added to the liver transplant waiting list while doctors used chemoembolization to shrink the tumors and prevent them spreading outside the liver. A donor organ became available nearly fourth months later, and Perez was admitted to the hospital feeling anxious, but "very glad and very grateful." After the transplant, Perez and his wife, Araceli Olguin, relied on the people and the caring environment of the Gift of Life Transplant House for help during his recovery. The independent nonprofit offers patient housing close to Mayo Clinic. "It's a place where there is support, physical and psychological, because you are interacting with others with similar experiences," says Perez. "If you went to a hotel or apartment, you would feel isolated." Perez was bolstered by the support and the coordinated care of his medical team. After two months he was able to return to Mexico while his Mayo Clinic team continued to oversee his recovery, working with Perez and his local doctors. Today, Perez is grateful for a "normal life" with his family that includes exercise, work and travel. And he credits Mayo Clinic with his return to health. "They have vast experience," he says, "and the service is without equal. I don't think there is any place like this anywhere in the world."

Tags: hepatitis C, liver cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Mauricio Perez-Olegaray, Mayo Clinic, Transplant

My name is Lynnean Lynne for short, I have been diagnosed with liver failure due hep c and drinking. This will be 1 year in March I’ve been sober.I have not recieved a transplant and not looking good for this to happen. They give me till July to expire.I’m scared! I have done all they have asked of me and was placed on the list only to be taken off the list this past month. I guess I’m writing for ideas on how to fight their vote.I truely have followed instructions and don’t want to die! I am so lost.I really want to be a sucess story and see my children grow and have families… Any advice would be greatly appreciated and taken to heart.Thank you for your time and hope to hear from you.I have NO idea where to turn.


Hi Lynnean, unfortunately here in the U.S. all transplant centers care more about their success rate than for their patients, part because of government watch/funding and part because of marketing. Unless patients have a high chance of surviving they are turned down. India and Mexico are two options for liver transplant abroad. For less than $90k you may be able to receive high quality medical care and the transplant you need in facilities that are just like those here. There are U.S. based companies which specialize in quickly arranging everything for you, you can find them with a web search. May God bless you and others in the same situation so you receive the help you need.


I need help I am only 40 years old and I am suffering from liver disease I need new liver I have 3 kids and I don't wanna die in this age


Thank you for writing. Unfortunately, we cannot diagnose conditions, provide second opinions or make specific treatment recommendations through this website. If you would like to seek help from Mayo Clinic, please call one of our appointment offices (Arizona: 480-301-1735 Florida: 904-953-0853 Minnesota: 507-284-2511) or visit

You might also consider looking into our Mayo Clinic Connect website (, where you can communicate with others who may have had similar experiences. You can also read Mayo Clinic expert blogs and take part in educational events.

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