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Westminster teen donates more than half her liver to save her sister

Ashleigh and Maurisa Mounger

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.)

(July 2015)

Our program celebrates its 2,000th liver transplant

Photo from the celebration

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.

(March 2015)

Dr. Kam leads liver team in Colorado's first
double-lung-and-liver transplant

Dr. Kam on CBS-4 News

On March 10, a team of surgeons from our department performed a complex operation on Shaun McCabe, a 30-year-old man from Nebraska who was dying from cystic fibrosis. Shaun received two new lungs and a new liver—the first such operation ever performed in the state of Colorado.

Dr. Igal Kam headed the liver team for the operation, collaborating with Dr. Michael Weyant of the Cardiothoracic Division, who led the lung team. You can watch the CBS-4 news story on our website.

(March 2015)

Local mother represents Colorado in Rose Parade

Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson lost her teenage daughter, Nicole Scott, in a car accident in 2001. Because she authorized the donation of her daughter's organs, three people's lives were saved, and many more lives have been touched.

Today, Amy is an advocate for Donate Life Colorado. She was recently at University of Colorado Hospital, handing out roses to patients. Then, on New Year's Day 2015, Amy represented Colorado aboard the Donate Life float in the Rose Parade in California. To learn more, watch the video on the Denver Channel. (A brief advertisement will play before the video). You can also watch a related video from CBS4 News.

(January 2015)

More stories

For additional inspiring stories from the Transplant Division, 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.

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