Grace Garcia

General Questions

How old are you?

15

Where are you from?

Albuquerque, NM

Transplant

What was your transplant?

Liver, received Nov 2004, about 8 or 9 months old

What was your condition that led to the transplant?

Biliary Atresia

What was life like before transplant?

Honestly… I don’t know because I was a kid…but I felt really good.

How long did you wait for your transplant?

Idk, longer than Sienna but not long.

(Sienna and Grace were at the same hospital during their transplants)

How was the road to recovery?

Idk. Grace kept getting sick and switched from Prograf to Sirolimus.

What can you do now after transplant?

I can live properly.

What are you most excited about after being healthy?

Living a normal life and not being sick.

Donor

Do you know your donor?

All I know id I think he was 13 and died in a car crash.

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

M. 13.

Who decided to be an organ donor? Their family or the donor themselves?

The family.

Did you meet their family?

No.


Grace and Sienna’s parents met each other in the hospital. They spent a lot of time as children sick together.

How was that like?

It made me feel like everyone was like me.

It was nice. I didn’t feel alone.

Did it help you?

It helped our families more than it helped her, for sure.

I think I wasn’t aware it wasn’t normal.

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

Totally do it.

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