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College student donates part of liver to best friend

Hessa Miller and Hunter Dickson

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.

(June 2016)

Man who underwent historic transplant gets to see Lombardi trophy

Sam Johns poses with 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.

(May 2016)

Kidney donor, recipient reunited after surgery

Donor Chrissie Smith and recipient Jillian LaPlante

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.

(April 2016)

Cancer survivor wears motorcycle jacket in donor's memory

Wes Cook rides his motorcycle wearing a leather jacket that belonged to Cody Crosby

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.

(April 2016)

21-year-old Coloradan donates kidney to stranger

Kelsey Crider and Nate Toci at University of Colorado Hospital

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.)

(March 2016)

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)

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