College student donates part of liver to best friend
What do you do when your "bestie" turns out to have a rare autoimmune disease and desperately needs a liver transplant? For 20-year-old Hunter Dickson, the answer was easy: you undergo surgery and donate part of your own liver. To learn more, watch the video on the CBS Denver website.
Man who underwent historic transplant gets to see Lombardi trophy
What Denver Broncos fan wouldn't love to see the team's Super Bowl 50 trophy in person? Sam Johns, a lifelong fan, got that privilege in very interesting way. Watch the video on the 9 News website to learn more.
Kidney donor, recipient reunited after surgery
What sort of person gives up one of their kidneys to someone they've never met? And what would you say if you got to meet the stranger who saved your life? To learn two women's answers to these questions, watch the video on the CBS Denver website.
Cancer survivor wears motorcycle jacket in donor's memory
Cody Crosby had a positive impact on many people during his short life. When he was killed in an auto accident, his grieving family realized there was one more chance for Cody to help someone—in fact, to save a life. For the rest of the story, watch the video on the Denver Post website.
21-year-old Coloradan donates kidney to stranger
Nate Toci was driving home from work one day when a message on a billboard caught his eye: "Type O Blood / Kelsey needs kidney."
In that moment, Nate knew he wanted to help. He made inquiries, got tested, and learned he was a perfect kidney match for Kelsey Crider, a young woman who has been living with kidney disease for almost a decade.
The transplant surgeries took place at University of Colorado Hospital. Thanks to the generosity of a young man who had never even met her, Kelsey now has a chance at a longer, healthier life.
Watch the video on the Fox 31 News website. (A brief advertisement will play before the video.)
Westminster teen donates more than half her liver to save her sister
In her early 20s, Ashleigh Mounger was diagnosed with Wilson's Disease, a disorder that leaves the body unable to process copper. Although Ashleigh took the medications prescribed by her doctors, copper continued to build up in her liver throughout her 20s, culminating in liver failure in October 2014.
Ashleigh was placed on the National Organ Transplant List, but she was warned that the wait for a liver from a deceased donor could be years. That's when her younger sister Maurisa, 19 years old, got tested to see if she could donate part of her own liver to her sister.
For the rest of the story, watch the video on the 9 News website. (A brief advertisement will play before the video.)
Our program celebrates its 2,000th liver transplant
In March 2015, the University of Colorado Hospital Transplant Center and partners Children's Hospital Colorado surpassed a combined total of 2,000 liver transplants.
Visit our page on this milestone to learn about our department's place in the history of liver transplantation, meet two women whose lives were saved by liver transplants (one long ago, the other quite recently), and watch a clip from 9 News' coverage of the story.
For additional stories, visit the Department of Surgery's News Archive. To see only stories from the Transplant Division, use the filter feature or simply follow this link.