Khalieghya Dandie-Evans

General Questions

How old are you?

17

Where are you from?

Bay Area

Transplant

What was your transplant?

liver, received July 2002

What was your condition that led to the transplant?

jaundice, biliary atresia

What was life like before transplant?

I had transplant at the age of 4 months so I don’t really have a backstory.

Donor

Do you know your donor?

All Khalieghya knows is her donor is a 4-year-old who drowned in a family pool and lived in Fresno.

How do you know that information about your donor?

The doctors told my mom, and my mom told me. My mom didn’t know that a transplant can come from mixed races, so when she found out it was from a white boy who drowned and his family decided to donate she asked a lot of questions.

Did you search for your donor?

I searched for my donor. I still do. At this point it’s been a 17 year search and if I do find them and talk to them it’s been a 17 year break of their son dying ang it would bring back memories.

What is your hospital picture?

The hospital took a picture of Khalieghya when she was 3, 4. Donate Life promoted donation by putting her picture in DMVs and hospitals.

What were the commercials you were in?

The commercials were about donation and telling our stories. Khalieghya stood there and her mom talked.

Do people recognize you?

Yes, actually. They’ll either be like ‘You look like a little girl I saw in the hospital’ or my mom would take a picture of me next to the poster and say ‘Oh, is that you?’

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

They should definitely do it because they save innocent little children.

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