Living-Donor Liver Transplant Pt. 3

Dr. Michael Millis with Melvin and Raquel Allen (photo by John Easton)

Dr. Michael Millis with Melvin and Raquel Allen (photo by John Easton)

(See Parts One and Two here)

One week after the living-donor liver transplant surgery that saw a portion of Catherine Ortiz’s liver transferred to 11-month-old Raquel Allen, Ortiz’s family visited Allen’s family at Comer Children’s Hospital. Raquel, a day removed from the pediatric intensive care unit, looked as good as new standing on her father’s lap and munching goldfish crackers as TV cameras rolled. She also got her first chance to meet Ortiz’s 1-year-old son, Phoenix, who has already been penciled in as Raquel’s prom date 16 years from now, according to Raquel’s mother Coral Grinage.

Here’s the final video in our three-part series, where surgeon Michael Millis talks about Raquel’s long-term prognosis, Ortiz talks about her recovery from liver-donor surgery and Melvin Allen talks about what’s in store for Raquel’s birthday this Saturday.

About Rob Mitchum (526 Articles)

Rob Mitchum is communications manager at the Computation Institute, a joint initiative between The University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory.

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