Patient Stories for Liver Transplant

Bill's liver was failing due to hepatitis C

Bill Klahn with his 2016 Transplant Games medal
Bill's liver was failing due to hepatitis C and liver cancer. After awaiting a liver donation for quite some time, Bill received a liver transplant that changed his life.

2016 Transplant Games Athlete — Kim Burdakin

Today, Kim spends her time actively promoting organ donation. She volunteers for the Iowa Donor Network, holds fundraisers, visits schools and community groups to speak on the topic of organ donation, and encourages people to register on their driver's licenses to become organ donors. Kim wants people to know that organ donation is a positive experience.

Rising from tragedy

Late one winter Sunday morning, Bruce Brockway and his 10-year-old son Garrett began cleaning up trees and brush that littered the woodsy backyard of their Burlington home. They planned on a few hours of work thanks to a windstorm from a couple of days earlier. But in one unthinkable moment, the Brockway family’s life changed forever.

New liver brings a buoyancy to life

Bill Klahn lives each day like it is his last in order to honor the woman who's liver he received.

Transplants are beautiful – scars and all

After being told to wait until her kidneys failed so she could go into dialysis, Tonia Ellis said no she was going to so whatever she could to get a transplant. Thats when she found the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.