Madison Staiger, a woman from Columbus, Ohio, experienced a life-changing event five years ago when she received a liver transplant after being diagnosed with hepatopulmonary syndrome (HPS). HPS affects the liver and leads to breathing difficulties and low blood-oxygen levels. This condition deeply impacted Staiger’s quality of life and hindered her ability to work and study effectively. The urgency for a liver transplant became paramount, as her liver disease resulted in severe shortness of breath. Dr. Sean Kelly, the Medical Director of Liver Transplantation, emphasized the critical need for a transplant in Staiger’s case.
Since the successful transplant, Staiger’s life has taken a positive turn. Grateful for the second chance she received, she is now pursuing a health care innovation degree at Ohio State University, with the intention of making a difference in the health care industry. Staiger’s experience has inspired her to help others and give them a renewed lease on life. Despite the challenges she faced, Staiger expressed how the transplant significantly transformed her life and affirmed that she wouldn’t change it for anything.
Staiger’s story serves as a reminder of the importance of organ donation in saving lives. Those interested in becoming organ donors can find information and sign up at https://www.organdonor.gov/sign-up.