Living Donor Liver Transplant Recipient Returns Home to Oklahoma

Patient is first to benefit from restarted Living Donor Liver Transplant Program at Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute

The first patient to receive a living donor liver transplant since Baylor Health Care System restarted its program has successfully completed follow up care at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. Dana Pack returned to her hometown in Oklahoma on Friday, August, 3, 2012.

“I feel very blessed, and I can’t wait to get back to doing things I have not done in a long time,” said Pack, who had battled painful liver disease for more than a decade. On May 14, 2012, Pack received part of a healthy liver from co-worker John Brinlee. Brinlee and Pack had their transplant surgery at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.  

A team of surgeons and nurses worked for six hours in the operating rooms to perform the highly complex procedure. Brinlee was back home in Oklahoma the following week. Pack stayed in Dallas for the summer to be monitored.

“We restarted our living donor liver transplant program to help patients like Dana,” said Goran Klintmalm, M.D., Chief and Chairman of the Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute. “She had waited for years on the transplant list and was unsuccessful, but she found a match in her friend John, who was healthy enough to undergo the surgery.” Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute offers the only active transplant program in the Southwest with the technical expertise and infrastructure necessary to do living donor liver transplant surgery.
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