Texas Children's Hospital celebrates 1500th transplant

KTRK ABC 13


 HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Last weekend, a remarkable milestone was reached at Texas Children's Hospital that has one 17-year-old extremely grateful.

After being diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, he was placed on the transplant waiting list. He finally received that organ on Sunday and now has a whole new outlook on life.

Growing up, Joseph Colson McCullough was an active child.
"I was able to do football, basketball, anything an 8-year-old kid could do," Joseph said.

But life changed for him after being diagnosed with a disease that affected his liver. Living with the disease and trying to maintain for years, it eventually caught up with him when he was just 16 years old.

"My body started to break down at that point," Joseph explained.

Surgical director of liver transplantation, Dr. John A. Goss said, "Joesph's disease entity is called Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis that ended up causing him to have end stage liver disease, that was his need for liver transplantation." Continue reading

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