Pueblo Chieftain | Amy Matthew
Photo: Life is sweet again for Shay Segura since she received a liver transplant in February. The donor? Her 20-year-old son, Bryan Cesario, pictured here with his mom. Bryan jokes that he loves his mother ‘with all my heart and half of my liver.’
They've always been close, but now they share more than love.
When Shay Segura says she owes her life to her son, Bryan Cesario, she's not joking. Three months ago, Cesario donated part of his liver to Segura, who was near death.
In 1999, Segura was a nursing student in Arizona — an apparently healthy mom to three young boys. One day she donated blood and received news that altered life entirely: Her liver numbers were abnormally high. Tests revealed that she had primary biliary cirrhosis, an autoimmune disease that destroys the liver's bile ducts (see side story). The cause is unknown, but there may be a link among family members (Segura's aunt died from the disease).