Liver doctor in need of kidney transplant

Dr. Moises Garcia talks with one of his longtime patients, Joyce Meyer of Milwaukee, during an appointment at Aurora St Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee.(Photo: Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
MILWAUKEE - Dr. Moises Garcia's goal in treating patients with liver ailments is to provide medical care to head off transplants, but his work also keeps him in contact with those who have undergone, or will undergo, that operation.

Now, in an unusual twist, Garcia faces the prospect of a transplant himself. A degenerative disease he's known about for decades has him searching for a kidney donor.

“It’s ironic. When I have patients who are getting (prepared) for a transplant and they say, ‘Doctor, you don’t understand,’ and I want to say, ‘Yes, I do understand,’” said Garcia, a 44-year-old hepatologist with Aurora Heath Care in Milwaukee.

Garcia, a native of Nicaragua, is one of more than 118,000 people in the United States on a waiting list for an organ transplant. It can take anywhere from a few months to years to find an appropriate match. He’s optimistic a donor will be found; it’s largely a matter of when.

He's sharing his story during April, which is designated as Donate Life Month, to highlight the importance, and need, of organ, eye and tissue donors. The hope is to highlight the fact that anyone could someday need an organ transplant. Continue reading
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