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As a Living Donor, Daughter Saves Her Dad’s Life

Posted May 02, 2017

More than 118,000 patients in the U.S. today are actively awaiting an organ transplant, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). The key word: waiting.

The supply of organs is still far less than the demand, which means that almost two-dozen eligible patients die each day waiting for the right organ to become available. Michael Cox, who was diagnosed with cryptogenic liver failure in the fall of 2010, might have been one of them if not for the generous gift from his daughter, Shana Roche.

As a living donor, Shana was able to give her father a portion of her liver and extend her father’s life. Soon after the successful procedure, she gave her dad another gift: a granddaughter.

Shana and her husband had been trying to get pregnant prior to her dad’s diagnosis, but struggled to conceive. After a brief period of recovery after the transplant, Shana became pregnant on the first try. “We just think it was a miracle. Everything happened the way it should,” she says. “She was what we all needed to move forward.”

Watch Michael and Shana’s story below. Then visit uvahealth.com to learn more about how you can become an organ donor.