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New mom receives life-saving liver transplant

Posted at 10:58 PM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 22:58:40-04

It was a dire situation — a pregnant woman's health's was declining fast with a rare disease.

But it was fast action by doctors at North Shore University Hospital that saved her life and her baby.

They've known each other for 25 years, and have been married for 6 of them, but last month, Danielle and Angelo were in the fight for their lives as she was two months away from giving birth to their first baby.

“I woke up completely yellow on June 11," she said. "Xompletely yellow eyes, my body was glowing."

What Danielle thought was normal was a rare disease taking over her body.

Dr. Lewis Teperman, the Director of Organ Transplantation at North Shore University Hospital explained it was dire.

“She was sick," he said. "She had acute fatty liver pregnancy, a very rare disease.”

The treatment? An emergency c-section, which cures the problem 99% of the time.

This was one of the few times it didn't. Danielle was dying, and needed an organ transplant immediately.

A liver became available right away, and after a 7-hour surgery, things were taking a turn for the better.

That organ was a gift of life.

“Dr. Teperman and his team saved my life," she said. "If we didn't find a donor, my husband and I would not be here today.”

Teperman said a case like this shows how important organ donations are.

Organ donations have gone down significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic, and he encourages people to donate once again.