Thirty-eight-year-old mother-of-three Kelly Bryan was scrolling through social media when she came upon a stranger’s desperate plea for a liver donor. Unable to get the request out of her mind, she contacted the Soham & Shaila Family Transplant Centre at Toronto General Hospital and registered as an anonymous living donor.
That person received another liver, but only weeks later she received a call. There was a man in need of a liver transplant and Kelly was a match.
Fifty-four-year-old Muhammad Khan was an active and healthy family physician. A visit to the emergency department because of sudden and severe shortness of breath led to an unbelievable diagnosis — non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver. Muhammad’s liver was failing and a transplant was his only hope.
In an act of selfless generosity, Kelly donated a portion of her liver to a stranger.
She wants others to know that the human liver will fully regenerate itself, and after a short recovery, life goes back to normal. “It’s an extension of a random act of kindness,” says Kelly. “Hardly a sacrifice when it comes to saving somebody’s life.”
Muhammad is alive today because of Kelly’s life-saving gift. He is now working to pay it forward.
“When you’re healthy you take things for granted,” he says. “Now, if someone is in need, I’m willing to do anything to help.”
To learn more about how you can help save lives, visit tgwhf.ca.