Medical director urges more to become donors

PARK RECORD

Nan Chalat Noaker/Park Record       Dr.Richard Gilroy, Medical Director of the Liver Transplant Program at Intermountain Medical Center, wants to decrease the disparity between the number of people who need organ donations and the number of donors
Anita Lewis says she is overcome with gratitude for the donors whose organs saved her life, but she reserves an equal measure of appreciation for the medical team who cared for her over the last six months. She credits her recovery from a nearly fatal liver disease to an "amazing" network of doctors and nurses — from the family physician in Coalville who listened attentively to her mysterious symptoms, to the specialist who identified her disease and ultimately to the surgeons and physicians from the top liver transplant programs in the country – right here in Utah.

"I felt I had the best team," she said last week after returning to work at the Summit County Courthouse in Coalville.

Her son, Ashley Lewis, echoes that sentiment, singling out one doctor in particular, Dr. Richard Gilroy, Medical Director of the Liver Transplantation team at Intermountain Medical Center. "You can't say enough about him. It is above and beyond the realm of understanding," he said.

As a paramedic with the Park City Fire District, Ashley said his mom's experience has reinforced his faith in the medical profession and changed his personal stand on becoming an organ donor. Continue reading
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