Lauren Martelle

Lauren1One month. A new liver. You never know. It was the end of August, 2007. Lauren Martelle had just come home from a weekend in Los Angeles with her family. She wasn’t feeling well. Her mom thought she’d had too much junk food on their trip. A few days later, vomiting and in severe pain, Lauren was admitted to the hospital. After routine tests, she was sent home. She didn’t get better. Her symptoms progressed and she was admitted to the hospital again on September 16. With more tests, doctors discovered that her liver was failing. Heavily medicated, she doesn’t remember being transported by air ambulance to California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. “The liver doctors there assessed my situation and ran more tests. They discovered I have two anitbodies in my blood called Anticardiolipin and Lupus Anticoagulant. These two antibodies caused me to get a rare disease called Budd-Chiari Syndrome. It only occurs in 1 out of 100,000 people and it is when blood clots block the bile duct that flows out of the liver.. I was immediately put on the liver transplant list as a stage one patient and put at the top of the list for the entire west coast. I was only 19 years old.” “Ten days after I was admitted to California Pacific Lauren2Medical Center, I received a donor liver and went into surgery the morning of September 29, 2007. I was in the operating room for about 8 hours.” ~ Lauren “I am now 27 years old and am doing extremely well. I am living a full and happy life. I would not be alive today if it was not for this amazing gift I have received. I have been given a second chance at life and I am taking full advantage of this opportunity. Not only have I been given this gift that has allowed me to fulfill my goals and dreams, but to also explore what life holds for me in the future.” ~ Lauren

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