Ricki Albertoni

Ricki_AlbertoniMy name is Ricki Albertoni. I am a two time liver transplant recipient. I was 12 years old when I was diagnosed with Hepatitis C. The doctor said that I was born with it, and possibly would not live to be 21 years old. I was often sick to my stomach, and by the age of 20, I had to nap on my lunch breaks at work. But I made it to 21, and even got married that year.

My health started to decline after the birth of our son in 2006 though, and in 2009 I was placed on the transplant waiting list at USC. I only waited a few months, because on July 13th, 2010, my cousin-in-law donated half of her liver to me. It is the most amazing thing anyone has ever done for me, but within 6 months, cirrhosis developed again, and I was placed back on the waiting list. I could no longer care for my son or myself on my own, and was often hospitalized. I was in the hospital on July 19th, 2011 when I was told that they had a new liver for me again, this time from a deceased donor. I have spent many months in the hospital over the past 10 years, missing birthdays, holidays, and milestones, but because of my two organ donors, I am now able to be the wife and mother I always wanted to be, and the possibility to be here for many more years to come.

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