Sienna Torrez

General Questions

How old are you?


Where are you from?

Las Cruces, NM


What was your transplant?

Liver, received August 2004, 9 months old

What was your condition that led to the transplant?

biliary atresia (she did a report of the condition at school)

What was life like before transplant?

I was a baby. I don’t know. But I know since the day I was born I was always sick.

How long did you wait for your transplant?

not long

How was the road to recovery?

I think it was kinda rough. I had pmneumia a lot of times.

What are you most excited about after being healthy?

To live like a normal person.


Do you know your donor?


Sienna’s family found them on a newspaper. At 13, Sienna dug around hard to contact to family.

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

Male. 9.

How did they die?

Drank the wrong milk (dairy allergy).

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

The family had to decide. It was a really hard decision for them.

Did you meet their family?

I never met them. I never knew them.

When she was 13, Sienna got curious and just wanted to see a picture of her donor. When she found his picture in a newspaper, she freaked out.

Sienna had to do a report of a medical condition for school, so she picked biliary atresia. Through her research, she found she could take a pill once a day, and now she is.

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

Do it. You don’t need your organs when you’re dead.

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