Monday, April 18, 2016

2 people had to die for me to still be here’: Transplant recipient becomes transplant surgeon


EDMONTON – Each organ and tissue donor can save eight lives. But in this case, two donors saved many more than that, because one of their recipients is now a transplant surgeon.

Dr. Scott Livingstone had end-stage liver disease at age 14 because of a rare genetic condition. An urgent liver transplant at the University of Alberta Hospital saved his life, but later failed. Then a second donor came through with another liver for the teen.

“So that puts a big weight of responsibility to make sure I actually do something with the extra time that I’ve been given.”

After medical school, a surgery residency and time in research, Livingstone has returned to where his transplant journey started. He’s doing a fellowship in transplantation at the University of Alberta Hospital, working alongside some of the same surgeons who saved him more than 20 years ago. Continue reading VIDEO 

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