"Liver transplant"

About: Joondalup Health Campus / General surgery Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

(as the patient),

At the end of 2018 my liver completely failed due to a parasite I had caught 30 years ago (Schistosomiasis), but was not aware I had.

I required an ambulance due to acute pain, which I later found out to be peritonitis 

I was stabilised in Joondalup Hospital prior to transfer to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital for further treatment.

It was confirmed I needed a liver transplant, so the next 10 days were filled with test after test for transplant viability.

Due to someone’s unfortunate demise, I was recently gifted my second life with a transplant.

I was then encouraged to walk, which I duly did the next day. Being discharged a week later.

Throughout my stay I have had only the best of treatment, help, services, etc., from each and every staff member I encountered. I can single out Vanessa and Helen (the transplant nurse) for the highest to praises, as I was paired with them as a go-between in a trial run by the hospital. 

I've had occasion to visit many hospitals all over the world and cannot give enough praise to the WA hospitals for the caring I received from all staff involved - be it the helpers, cleaners nurses,surgeons, specialists and doctors. I hope I haven’t missed anyone out - unintentional if I have.

Daft as it sounds, but if I was sick this state is the best place in the world to be sick.



Response from Janet Zagari, A/Executive Director, Sir Charles Gairdner Osborne Park Health Care Group

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Dear Joe blogs,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your story with us. It is heartening for the teams involved to hear such positive feedback and I will ensure that your message is shared with them.

We are extremely proud of our world class liver transplant service and so eternally grateful to those who generously consent to the donation of their loved ones’ organs at such a devastating, emotional time.

Whilst I am sorry to hear you were so unfortunate to experience such a sudden and unexpected liver failure and need for a transplant, I am delighted that you have had such a positive outcome and that you felt well cared for by our clinical and support service teams.

I wish you well with your recovery.

Kind regards,

Janet Zagari.

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Response from Paul Taylor-Byrne, Acting Director of Clinical Services, Ramsay - Joondalup Health Campus

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Dear Joe blogs

I have read your story with much interest and am pleased that Joondalup Health Campus has been able to play a part in your journey to wellness. Wishing you all the very best and thank you for taking the time to provide feedback.

Kind Regards

Paul Taylor-Byrne

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