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You don’t appreciate life until you get to the other side.
Dnyanashree Ghule

You don’t appreciate life until you get to the other side.
Everyone has their own side of the story and here is mine. It all started when I was in standard 11th merely 15 years and I was diagnosed with jaundice. I started the treatment immediately. We were hoping that completing the course of tablets prescribed by our regular family doctor would probably solve the problem. But no, things did not turn into my favour. My condition deteriorated drastically in the next 20 days. I started slipping into coma. After a lot of tests and hospital stay, I was told that the only option available for me was a liver transplant. I was air lifted from Pune to Chennai and was admitted at the Apollo Hospital there.
Living donor or deceased donor?

My parents immediately decided to pursue a liver transplant. The next question was: who would donate? It was decided that my mother would be my living donor. That surgery, known as living donor transplant, would involve removing my mother’s liver, cutting out a portion of her liver and transplanting it in my body. All the necessary test were done and just before they scheduled our joint surgeries we got a call from our transplant co-ordinator that a deceased donor had become available whose liver would match with me, we opted to accept this so that my mother would not have to undergo surgery and then I was operated on 20th March 2013.

Life after liver transplant

I felt calm and relieved after the surgery but also very emotional because I knew someone had donated his organ and justified the saying – ‘Giving is the greatest act of grace’. That is when it came home to me the importance of organ donation. Organ donation is a tragedy that can be turned into a big moment by the family of the deceased donor. There is an opportunity to create a beautiful light in the midst of darkness for someone like me.

Much later, after persuasion, I was informed that my donor was a young man of 30 from Andaman. No other details were shared with me. I am eternally grateful to him and his family who believed that helping others in need is not only a responsibility of life; but it is what gives meaning to life. I am also grateful to my mother who underwent the transplant procedure with me.

After going through all this it can be said that – Life is a battle and you should wear your scars with pride.

Life gets back to normal within a few months after surgery. By the time you hit the 3-month mark, your liver will reach its normal size and you’ll be back to your regular routine.

You’ll be in the hospital for about 6-8 days but it may vary depending upon your health conditions.

Soon you will be asked by your doctor to get up, move around, and do breathing exercises so that it helps to speed up your recovery.
You’ll be on immunosuppressant to keep your immune system from rejecting your donor liver. You may eventually take lower doses, but you’ll always need some form of them.

Watch Out for Complications

Most people do well after surgery, but sometimes there might be some complications like fever, your skin looks jaundiced (yellowish), you feel itchy, or you have headache, or diarrhea, at times there may be signs of infection or other problems like liver rejection. If you suffer from any such complications consult your doctor immediately.

Eventually, I would like to mention that transplantation is a journey that tests the limits of your strength and courage. It requires commitment and faith as well as mental, emotional and physical endurance. It is one of life’s greatest challenges, and among the rewards is LIFE itself!