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Kurt received his first liver transplant on May 22, 2012. After getting transplanted, Kurt married his longtime girlfriend, Whitney, and finished his degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude from San Jose State University.
Unfortunately, Kurt had complications with the transplanted liver requiring him to undergo another liver transplant. Thankfully, he received his second transplant on April 9, 2014!
After recovering from his transplant, Kurt looks forward to finally being able to take a honeymoon, start a family, and continuing his career aspirations.
Some background on Kurt before his first liver transplant:
In 2009, Kurt was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) after experiencing jaundice and losing a great deal of weight. PSC has caused scarring and inflammation in the bile ducts of his liver, and doctors said a liver transplant was critical to his survival.
Despite his illness, Kurt has always been extremely active and determined to overcome this health battle. He's been working toward his bachelor's degree and was on track to graduate in the spring; however, his declining health has forced him to put his education on hold. He is very hard working and still works 30 hours a week in the public relations department for an international electronics company.
When he feels well enough, he loves spending time with his family, friends and girlfriend. After receiving his transplant, Kurt looks forward to enjoying his favorite activities of softball, basketball, snowboarding and wakeboarding. But right now, he needs your help.
A liver transplant costs approximately $575,000. And that's only the beginning. Even with health coverage, he faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of his life, Kurt will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very costly, and they are as critical to his survival as the transplant itself.
Kurt temporarily relocated more than 2,000 miles from his home in California to be near the transplant center in Memphis, incurring substantial expenses for travel, food and lodging.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Kurt. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT California Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write "in honor of Kurt Garrett" on the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Patient Health Institute: *[Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute|http://www.methodisthealth.org/transplant/]*