It Takes Guts


Patient and Family Reunited With Liver Transplant Team

Five years ago, Monica Rossi Perackis’ vacation to the United States took an unexpected and fateful turn. On the eve of a visit to Disneyland with her family, Monica’s liver suddenly, completely failed.

Fortunately, the next stop for the mother of three from Italy was UC San Diego Health and the liver transplant team.

Pictured, (L-R): Antoinette Mantz, Dalia Iniguez, Joanie Salotti, Kelly Dobbins, Jackie Miranda, Dr. Alan Hemming, Monica Rossi Perackis, Michail Perackis, Cindy Cruz, and Doug Elmore.
“The first day that Monica opened her eyes after surgery, she asked me to kiss her. I will never forget that day,” said husband Michail.

Monica and Michail recently reunited with the transplant team to express their gratitude for the life-saving health care and hospitality they received.

“We found a great team with a great capacity for kindness. I wish we could name everyone, from Cindy Cruz to Cindy Collins, to Drs. Anderson, Napoles and Loomba. There was also Donovan, John, Maribel, Vito, Ernie, Vanessa and many others,” said Michail. “And, of course, Dr. Hemming, who physically saved my wife by transplanting her with a new liver.”

The Perackis family, who stayed at the Bannister Family House during her hospitalization, considered the liver transplant surgery a gift to their entire family. Continue reading

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