West Jordan girl is part of a record year of liver transplants


This week, Primary Children’s Hospital celebrated a record year for the gift of life.

In 2017, 20 pediatric liver transplants were completed.

Isabel Guzman, 11, from West Jordan is one of the recipients.  She and her mom Sarah, as well as Linda Book, MD, University of Utah School of Medicine and Primary Children’s Hospital, joined Midday.

Isabel is thriving after a match came through for her. But it was a tough road.  Her seemingly normal, active life came to a stop about a year ago.  After a battery of tests and hospital visits, doctors determined she needed a replacement.

Primary Children’s Hospital is home to one of the most advanced heart, liver and kidney transplant programs in the country.  Since the very first organ transplant in 1988, the program has provided the gift of life to as many as 47 patients a year, some as young as seven weeks old.  About half the organs transplanted come from living donors.

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