Transplant patient using her 'second chance' to promote organ donation awareness

WKMG Local 6 Orlando | Paul Giorgio
PALM COAST, Fla. -  More than 123,000 people in the United States are currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant and another name is added to that list every 12 minutes, according to the American Transplant Foundation.

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Caitlin Bradley, 23, of Palm Coast was one of those people. Bradley was diagnosed with auto-immune hepatitis at the age of 15. It was a disease she thought would be little more than an inconvenience, not likely to affect her until much later in life.

Today, Bradley is energetic, athletic and full of purpose. But two years ago things were much different.

She was away at college when she just didn't feel right.

"I had a gut feeling something was wrong," Bradley said. "I knew. When people say they know something is wrong, they know."

Something was wrong. Bradley's liver was shutting down. She would need a liver transplant.

"When you're on a transplant list, there's no guarantee," she said. "I mean, there's no promise. People wait five years, 10 years." Continue reading

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Anonymous said…
God bless. I am over four years out from a kidney/panc transplant. Keep preaching.