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Liver Spotlights Stories

ABO living liver donor Brent Luper and transplant recipient Karen Luper

VCU Health Performs Rare Liver Transplant for the First Time

VCU Health is one of the first in the country to perform a blood type incompatible liver transplant — part of an ongoing effort to increase patient access to lifesaving organs amid a national shortage.

Edwin Foster and Edward "Rick" Foster Jr.

A Father and Son's Team of Heroes Through a Living Donor Liver Transplant

Edward Foster’s eighth child and youngest son, Edward “Rick” Foster Jr., heroically came to his rescue as a match to be his living liver donor. Then, the expert VCU Health team successfully performed the organization’s first living donor liver transplant in five years to restore Foster’s health.

Astrid Cubas-Sanchez with her parents and doctor

A New Liver Gifts Hope and Healing

A genetic disease left 4-year-old Astrid Cubas-Sanchez suffering to live a normal childhood, but her liver transplant gave her the priceless gift of new hope and healing.

Photo of Weldon Bradshaw, liver transplant recipient.

The Ultimate Gift

With his organs shutting down, Weldon Bradshaw receives a liver, just in the nick of time.

Paying It Forward

Thirty years after surviving a car accident, Ken Schuler donates his liver to save a stranger.

A Lasting Bond

A liver transplant provides John Snead with a chance at life — and a lifelong friend.