LaSharme's Story

Transplantation of the liver, stomach, small intestine and pancreas

LaSharme Porter was diagnosed with metastatic neuroendocrine cancer in December 2009. Surgery was successful in removing the primary tumor in her colon but the cancer had spread to other abdominal organs.

Her physicians then approached LaSharme about the possibility of a multivisceral transplant.

“Every step of the way, these busy doctors took the time to sit at my bedside and explain all aspects of the transplant surgery and recovery,” says LaSharme. “I never second-guessed my decision. I was able to focus on living my life and let them take care of the rest.”

On Dec. 6, 2011, LaSharme underwent a multivisceral transplant, transplantation of the liver, stomach, small intestine and pancreas. She was discharged two days before Christmas.

“(Transplant surgeon) Dr. Kazimi was texting me on Christmas Eve to make sure I was drinking enough water,” recalls LaSharme. “From the doctors and nurses to the psychologists and social workers, everyone made me feel important.”

More than a year following her transplant, LaSharme reflects, “A day doesn’t go by that I don’t feel truly blessed.” Learn more about our transplant program.

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