Patient shares wedding dance with her surgeon 10 years after risky transplant

Cleveland | Brenda Cain

Christine Taber Davis and Dr. John Fung Christine Taber Davis

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio – When Christine Taber Davis walked down the aisle to marry her childhood sweetheart in June, she was surrounded by friends and family, but the face she wanted to see most in the crowd was that of Dr. John Fung.

The reason – "He made the day possible by saving my life 10 years ago," she said.

The Chagrin Falls doctor, a multi-organ transplant surgeon and Chairman of Cleveland Clinic's Digestive Disease Institute, recently received the 2015 Thomas E. Starzl Prize in Surgery and Immunology. The prize is awarded annually to an international leader in organ transplantation.

Taber Davis was born with biliary atresia – a condition where bile ducts in the liver do not have normal openings, causing bile to back-up into the liver and damage the organ's tissue. Just weeks old, she underwent surgery to correct the problem. Continue reading