When pre-kidney transplant coordinator Patrycja Ulijaszyk, RN, lost her boyfriend to a fatal motorcycle accident in 2008, she had no idea that his death would become the inspiration for her burgeoning career helping kidney transplant patients.
Organs from donors with hepatitis C used to be automatically rejected by transplant teams, but breakthrough antiviral medications have essentially cured the disease, creating a new source of hope for patients in need of organ transplants.
Stewart Botsford was placed on the waiting list for a kidney transplant last year, after he was diagnosed with renal failure. His family began advertising for a potential donor, placing window decals on their cars. Someone took a picture, posted it on Facebook, and Justin Maduena called Stewart to see if he could help.