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Liver Spotlights Stories

Woman stands in park

Mother shares her motivations to become a living liver donor

Inspired by her late daughter, Virginia woman saves the life of a stranger with little hope remaining in his battle with liver cancer.

Couple stands together smiling outside of a hospital building.

At the ‘extreme edge’ of transplant possibility, VCU Health says ‘Yes’ to liver cancer patient

Patient’s fiancée becomes one of first living donors to undergo fully robotic surgery at VCU Health Hume-Lee Transplant Center.

Father and son stand outside of a VCU Health building.

A dad’s life saved — with less scarring for son — in first fully robotic living donor liver transplant at VCU Health

Team at VCU Health Hume-Lee Transplant Center performs their first fully robotic-assisted living donor liver surgery on a patient.

Dr. Kumaran stands in a white lab coat in front of an operating table.

Living liver donation growing as Hume-Lee director passes 800 career cases

The transplant center’s living liver surgical director crossed the milestone late last year after restarting the living liver donor program in 2019.

Smiling doctors standing next to each other in operation room

VCU Health Hume-Lee Transplant Center taps robot for partial living liver donor transplants

VCU Health plans for first fully robotic liver living-donor transplants in 2023.

Husband and wife in front of VCU Health Medical Center

Gratitude after Transplant: A Thanksgiving one Hampton man will never forget

Musician receives liver transplant through new Hume-Lee program

Patients with severe alcoholic hepatitis are treated with compassion.

A second chance for veteran through life-saving liver transplant

Bright future awaits veteran other centers deemed too sick to transplant.

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.