Tiffany, a vivacious mother of two, suddenly became ill in 2013. She had terrible flu like symptoms and started rapidly gaining weight. After about a week of this abrupt illness, Tiffany went to the ER and received life-changing news.
Doctors informed her that her liver had completely shut down. She had a 20 percent chance of surviving more than 90 days, and her only long-term chance of survival was with a liver transplant.
After getting the news, a stunned Tiffany (who had so recently felt completely healthy) went home and began making her end-of-life arrangements. She sold her car and moved in with family. She talked to her eight and 12-year-old children about how their lives may change.
Several months went by before Tiffany received a miraculous phone call. There was a liver available, and she would receive the transplant at midnight.
The surgery went as planned, and Tiffany was saved by a donated gift of life from a stranger she had never met. Her health was restored, and she is back to enjoying an active life with her family and friends.
“It’s hard to describe the feeling of gratitude I have for being given my life back,” she said. “It’s an amazing experience to live through something very critical and scary and then be told you have a second chance at life. It was an incredible gift.”
Tiffany now finds beauty in the simple things and reports a new appreciation for life in general.