April was at work when she started feeling sick, but it never crossed her mind she might need a liver transplant.
“I was overwhelmed with exhaustion,” she said.
As a hair stylist, she had clients booked. So, she suffered through the rest of the day until she could go home to, hopefully, sleep it off.
But her debilitating feelings didn’t go away.
“I called out of work the next day, and then the day after,” she said.
When it didn’t subside, April went to see a doctor. She went to the ER at her local hospital, where she was later admitted.
“I decided I should go to the doctor and they started running all these tests. I was in the ER and they admitted me. I was told the next morning I was going to be transported down to Lahey.”
According to the American Liver Foundation, some 15,000 people are waiting for a liver transplant. The waits for a new liver can be long, and every day people die on the waitlist.
“I had this pressure in my abdomen and what felt like really bad heart burn,” April said.
It was at this point that she slipped into a coma.
“She was like this a few days,” said Scott, her boyfriend. “Doctors didn’t know if they were going to be able to find a donor in time, and she needed a full liver.”
It was New Year’s Day when a donor was located. This is when April got a second chance at life.
“This is my second life,” she said. Organ donations make a difference.
A second life means not taking anything for granted, even admiring the spring grass and flowers blooming.
“I cried when the snow melted and I got to see the grass and smell the flowers,” she said. “I got to walk on the sand on the beach and it was amazing.”
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