Utah liver transplant surgeon who needed organ himself touts Transplant Games

FOX 13 | Hope Woodside

SALT LAKE CITY -- This week’s edition of Gift of Hope features some irony.

Dr. Terry D. Box is a top liver transplant surgeon, who learned he himself needed a liver transplant.

Kind, caring and empathetic, Dr. Box became a donor recipient when he needed a new liver in 2002. Since then he has participated in the Transplant Games.

“The real positive that happened.... has been the acknowledgment of donor families that occurs,” he said. “…I’m so thrilled the people of Utah have an opportunity to participate. Every one of them who can should come to the opening ceremonies on August the second. They will not regret a moment of it.”

Going through the same operation his patients have has given Box a unique understanding of what they experience. Continue reading