On April 9, 2009, Loretta was told that 90 percent of her liver was damaged and she had only two days to live. She was immediately placed on the transplant waiting list. Each day she was sick, Loretta made a promise to herself and God that if she received a transplant, she would strive to make others aware of the importance of donation. One month after her diagnosis, on May 10, 2009, a liver became available and Loretta had a successful transplant surgery.
“With the help of my faith in God and the skill and compassion of those at The University Hospital, I was made new,” said Loretta. “I was given another chance at life.” Loretta’s recovery is slow, but says she counts each day as a blessing to be a mother to her three children and two grandchildren.
“As a result of this life-changing experience, I have found my purpose and I don’t take anything for granted,” said Loretta. “I have a special place in my heart for the family who lost so much, yet said 'yes' to donation and gave life to someone in need. That someone was me.”