How to donate life and keep living

Joanna Rivera’s father’s, Eulalio Rivera, health was deteriorating quickly. His liver was cirrhotic. His condition was worsening. Joanna wanted to help. Approximately 1,650 people die every year waiting for a…

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A selfless act for a gravely ill child
4/26/18 103712 -- San Antonio, TX --- © Copyright 2018 Mark C. Greenberg for University Health System University Transplant Center Donate Life Press Conference. Alma Arellano, 1, and her aunt and living donor, Maria Casas; Jennifer Milton, executive director of University Transplant Center; Dr. Naim Alkhouri, head of the Pediatric Liver Disease Program at University Health System, associate professor of medicine at UT Health San Antonio; Dr. Glenn Halff, director of University Transplant Center, professor of transplant surgery at UT Health San Antonio.

A selfless act for a gravely ill child

Six weeks after she was born, Alma Arellano of Brownsville was diagnosed with biliary atresia, a serious liver disorder in which the bile ducts aren’t working properly. Within days, she…

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A new kidney and a new life

Last fall, University Health System sent out an urgent public plea for someone with a big heart to step forward and donate a kidney to 5-year-old Leland — a child…

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Finding hepatitis C
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Finding hepatitis C

All Baby Boomers should be screened for hepatitis C, according to federal recommendations. That’s because an estimated three-quarters of infections are in people born between 1945 and 1965, and most…

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