Kindergarten teacher returns to Biscayne Elementary classroom after liver transplant

Miami Herald | Debora Lima

The hospital is not where Susie Rich would’ve gone for her third date with future husband Chris. She would have preferred something more traditional, like dinner and a movie.

But there they were at Jackson Memorial Hospital, waiting for a diagnosis after yet another of her episodes.

“I don’t know how he didn’t turn around and run, ’cause I would’ve,” said Rich, a 37-year-old kindergarten teacher at Biscayne Elementary, who returned to the classroom on Thursday.

“The principal asked me this morning how I felt to be back, and I told her I haven’t been this happy since my wedding day,” Rich said. “It’s so refreshing to go back to my life.”

Rich has battled a variety of severe medical issues since before she could speak.

“Everyone has something,” she said. “And this is my thing.”

There was the grapefruit-size cyst that doctors found lodged between her spleen and gall bladder when she was 6 months old. Then there was a major surgery, soon after her first birthday, in which doctors worked to clean up the mess the cyst left behind and to insert tubes into her bile ducts. Continue reading

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