Yannai Segal of Bergenfield, NJ

When I was eleven years old, I was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis and told I would need a liver transplant sometime soon. For ten years after that diagnosis I was relatively healthy but still listed for a transplant. As time passed and I grew up, the thought and worry of a transplant became less compelling. My body felt fine and my mind fell into the trap of thinking that's how my condition would remain.

Unfortunately in 2008, my condition quickly deteriorated and the need for a transplant become much more acute. In the span of three months at the end of that year, I was hospitalized four times and turned jaundice and weak. To complicate matters, my wife and I found out we were pregnant with twins due January 2010. Our joy and excitement were dulled by the fact that we knew I needed a life-saving transplant.

Thankfully, our prayers were answered right on time and in September of 2009, I received a liver transplant. Almost three months from that date, my wife gave birth to a beautiful boy and girl, Oscar and Hindy. I had just the right amount of time to heal and recover in order to take care of the kids. We are eternally grateful to my donor and every day when I play with my kids as a healthy father, we give thanks to the amazing gift I received that day.

You can read more about my story and personal experiences at www.theliverspot.com

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