Lucia Perez’s Story

Lucia Perez

Liver Recipient

One of the things that makes me unique is my imagination; I’m always coming up with new ideas! I love to read, cook, draw and make comics. One day, I hope to publish a book.

What people don’t always know about me is that I received a liver transplant when I was just six months old. I was born with a condition called Biliary Atresia, a genetic condition that leads to liver damage and is fatal if it’s not treated. My parents found out about my condition when I was two months old, and after having one surgery to try and fix it they were told I’d need a transplant. They have told me that they weren’t sure I was going to make it, and I know that was very difficult for them.

I was too young to remember the surgery or the recovery, and I’ve been so lucky to grow up with this gift. When I think about it, I feel very grateful for my liver transplant. Because I received this gift, I’ve been able to use my imagination to envision what my life will be like in the future – a future my parents were scared I’d miss out on.

There are a lot of myths and misinformation about donation, and I always tell people to get the facts because the myths aren’t true. And always remember if you become a donor, you can save someone’s life. Maybe even someone like me.

Lucia volunteers with Southwest Transplant Alliance.

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