Facing Permanent Brain Damage, UK Patient Receives Cure in Form of Liver Transplant

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY NOW | Allison Perry

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 17, 2017) – In 2011, Bruce Smith sat in his office preparing to make handouts for a meeting, like any other normal work day.

But when the Belfry native sat in front of his computer, he said he suddenly realized something frightening: he'd lost all understanding of how to use the machine. Bewildered at the sudden lapse in cognition, he said his coworkers thought he was just joking around at first.

"I finally said, 'I'm serious!'" Smith said. "'There's something going on here.'"

That moment was the first of many "lapses" to come. Smith was a diabetic, and his doctors initially thought his mental fog episodes were due to low blood sugar. When that was ruled out, they suspected he might be suffering from a series of mini-strokes.

"It was like I was taking a trip, but never leaving the farm, you know?" Smith said. "I was awake, but always taking naps." Continue reading
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