Organ Transplant-CH: Shelley's Story
How an anonymous donor gave Shelley a kidney, pancreas, and a
whole new life
Having Type 1 diabetes for more than 20 years, Shelley’s life was controlled by daily insulin shots, regular blood sugar testing, dialysis, and a very strict diet. She was in need of a kidney and pancreas transplant to stay alive. Through the Hurley Medical Center-Henry Ford Transplant Institute Partnership, she was able to have her pre-operative and post-operative care close to home with the doctor she was most comfortable with—her nephrologist at Hurley Medical Center.
Shelley is one of many transplant success stories
“One reason I am passionate about this job is helping patients get back to the life they had before they had medical problems like diabetes and renal failure,” said Shelley’s transplant surgeon at Henry Ford Transplant Institute.
Other than availability of an organ there are three major components for a successful outcome: availability of a good transplant team, the care of transplant patients, and patient cooperation to keep appointments and follow through. In Shelley’s case, all three components came together to make this happen.
No longer dependent on insulin or dialysis
Following her successful kidney and pancreas transplants, Shelley is no longer dependent on insulin, nor is she undergoing dialysis. In fact, she can now occasionally enjoy her favorite sweets—chocolate cake and jellybeans. Shelley is thankful for the excellent care she received from Hurley Medical Center and Henry Ford Transplant Institute, and is forever grateful to the anonymous donor.
You too can become an organ donor and give new life to someone like Shelley
For more information, visit Gift of Life - Michigan Organ and Tissue Donation Program.