Profile: Life renewed for Tres Pinos resident

Pati Hughes-Fudge had only a couple of months to live before receiving a liver transplant last September.

Pati Hughes-Fudge can’t imagine the emotions she would feel if she ever got to meet her donor’s family. All Hughes-Fudge knows is the liver that saved her life—she underwent liver transplant surgery last September after being on the waiting list for six years—came from a 14-year-old boy.

“I wrote my letter (to the family) within a month of having surgery because it took me a month to find the words to partially describe what it meant,” said Hughes-Fudge, a Tres Pinos resident who estimated she had two months to live had she not received the transplant. “You just have to wait and bide your time. I figure they were generous and caring enough to do what they did, and hopefully they’ll be able to see their way in some sort of time.”

On Wednesday, the 64-year-old Hughes-Fudge finished up competing in the Donate Life Transplant Games of America in Cleveland. Hughes-Fudge earned a silver medal as part of the 4x400 women’s relay, along with a pair of bronzes in the 100-yard dash and 50-meter breaststroke competing in the 60 to 69-year-old age division.

The Donate Life Transplant Games is a festival style multi-sport event for participants who have either undergone life¬saving transplant surgeries or are living donors. Continue reading
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