A New Life: Irma Gonzalez Mills

VALLEY MORNING STAR | Alexis Aguirre

San Benito native gets the word out on organ donation

San Benito native Irma Gonzalez Mills was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver five years ago when she was in Illinois. It has been two months since Irma received a liver transplant and on Friday, her birthday will take on a whole new meaning.
SAN BENITO — Irma Gonzalez Mills didn’t think she would make it to see age 60.

It has been two months since Irma received a liver transplant and on Friday, her birthday will take on a whole new meaning.

The San Benito native was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver five years ago when she was in Illinois.

Cirrhosis, a type of liver disease, runs in Irma’s family.

Her father died from the disease at the age of 54 followed by her uncle at the age of 45.

“I never thought I was going to get it,” Irma said.

Three years after the initial diagnosis, Irma’s health began to decrease rapidly.

“I didn’t think I was going to deteriorate that fast,” Irma said.

In December she was placed on the United Network for Organ Sharing as a potential liver recipient.

Her stomach began to swell and fill with fluid and at one point, six liters of the fluid had to be removed.

“We knew deep inside she was not going to make it,” her sister Gloria Gonzalez chimed in from across the living room. Continue reading

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