Bode Everist

General Questions

How old are you?

16

Where are you from?

North Tahoe, California

Transplant

What was your transplant?

Liver, received May 26, 2015

What was your condition that led to the transplant?

biliary atresia

What was life like before transplant?

It was rough. It was not the best. It wasn’t normal. It was hospital stay after hospital stay.

How long did you wait for your transplant?

12 years

How was the road to recovery?

Recovery was about 2 months, it felt really long because I couldn’t do any normal things

What can you do now after transplant?

Play football. And also just spending enough time with friends outside of the hospital. Just being outside with the lake is very beautiful.

What are you most excited about after being healthy?

Play football. Play sports. Go to state championships. Get those ranks.

Donor

Do you know your donor?

Yes, I do.

Was it a male or a female? How old were they?

Female, currently 36

Why did she decide to donate?

She was just a really kind-hearted person who had empathy towards me.

Did you meet her?

Yeah, I see her all the time and we became best friends, we became family.

What would you say to people considering to be an organ donor?

Go for it.

Bode has a tattoo of his transplant date. On his transplant date, he spends time with his donor and family.

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