Meet Kate and Mary.
Mary has what is called NASH (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis). This condition started back in 2010 and has been destroying her liver ever since.
Here is some of her story taken from her YouCaring page:
“After a mysterious onset of confusion and near coma in September of 2010, Mary learned that she had a genetic condition called NASH (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis). This condition was destroying her liver. Because Mary’s liver doesn’t work properly, ammonia builds up in her body and goes to her brain which causes episodes that start with confusion and if not quickly stabilized – could result in a coma or death. The only medicine available to help Mary only prolongs her battle and does not provide any curative effects. She must take huge doses of Lactulose daily to help rid her body of the ammonia. Unfortunately, it has become less and less effective in helping her avoid episodes. She has been in and out of the hospital with continuous episodes and has stayed at numerous rehabilitation centers to gain back some strength. While home she has visiting nurses to monitor her health and help her with daily activities such as showering and medication management. She spends much of her time resting.”
The only fix for Mary’s condition is a liver transplant. And her daughter just happened to be the perfect match. Yesterday Kate and Mary’s lives changed forever when Kate donated 60% of her liver to her Mom. Kate’s surgery lasted 12 hours, and her Mom’s surgery lasted roughly 20 hours!
When Kate became a mother, Mary had given her a pendant of a mother and child. Well yesterday, Kate gifted the pendant back to her Mom to signify the circle of life. Her Mom who gave her life, is now getting her life back thanks to her own daughter. You can’t get more selfless than that!
When Kate reached out looking for someone to photograph them before surgery, I didn’t hesitate. My own Mom has been sick on and off for 3 years with infections and an aggressive cancer so I know how scary it is. My Mom is actually in the hospital at this very moment fighting an infection, so needless to say, my heart went out to Kate and I wanted to help. I am honored to have been able to capture this special time for them both.
Mary and Kate have a long road of recovery ahead of them which will require lots of help. Kate has three young children, and will need some assistance while she recovers over the next 3-4 months. Please consider donating if you’re willing and able to help.
You can read more about their story and donate by visiting their YouCare page here.
Kate and Mary,
My prayers will continue for a speedy recovery. You’re amazing and I wish you both long, healthy lives ahead!