My name is Jess and I am a 30 year old female. My story started early this year (2013). It started with flu like symptoms, which went on for a few weeks.
It wasn't until a family member was taken into hospital with pain in her abdomen and was told of possible issues with her liver that I decided to do some research to understand what was happening to her and I discovered I was experiencing some of those symptoms including fatigue, confusion and yellowing in skin and eyes. I went to see my Dr. and was told I had viral hepatitis and was sent to emergency for immediate blood work and ultrasound. The Dr. on call told me my bilirubin and liver enzymes were extremely high, but would go away when the virus leaves the system. My Dr. continued to follow up with blood work twice a week, but my numbers were not decreasing. The following week my husband could not get me to wake up. I was completely disoriented. My family was called and I was rushed to hospital, then airlifted to Toronto to the transplant unit where I fell into a coma and was put on the top of the transplant list nationwide with hours to live. I was fortunate to get a liver and have a successful liver transplant. Pathology was not able to make a clear conclusion on what caused my liver to fail as it was too badly damaged. It's been 7 weeks since my transplant, there have been no setbacks and I'm gaining strength back. I felt it important to share my story because I want people to make sure they seek medical advice when they suspect something is wrong as things can happen to the healthiest of people.