Monday, April 23, 2012
McPherson woman receives life-saving liver transplant
McPherson Sentinel | Jenae Pauls
At first glance, the daily life of Sherry Stites, of McPherson, appears much like anyone else.
She loves to meddle about her kitchen, cooking her latest concoction without a recipe. She frequently entertains some of her 13 grandchildren, opening up her home and backyard to the lively bunch. And of course there is the occasional errand to run or event to attend with her husband, Wayne.
But her future hasn’t always looked this bright. News she learned in late 2010 changed forever her perspective on the value of these simple life treasures.
A few days after Christmas that year, Stites learned she had liver cancer.
The tumor, located in the center of the organ, was too large for Wichita doctors to operate on. The cancer was treated with chemotherapy every two months and began to shrink, but not enough. Her liver also became too damaged, and they informed her it simply needed to be replaced.
“That was a big shock,” she said. “That was a hard thing for me, that someone had to die for me to receive a liver.”
Testing needed to be done to determine her placement on the donation list and what kind of organ she could receive. She was No. 3,000.
In order to receive an organ successfully, however, she had to move to Houston to be near to M.D. Anderson Research Hospital. This was October 2011.
Read more: http://www.mcphersonsentinel.com/topstories/x1783284731/McPherson-woman-receives-life-saving-liver-transplant
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