My name is Sarah, I am 28 years old. In march of 2013 I underwent surgery after having severe abdominal pain. I ended up losing all of my large and small intestines as well as all of my colon except for six inches.
The doctors told my family I was not going to live through the night. My mom told the doctors they were wrong, that I was going to fight like I always do and I was going to get through it. After six long weeks of recovery in the hospital I was sent home.
I live on TPN – which is feeding through an IV. I get hooked up for 12 hours every night. The doctors said I would never be able to eat or go to the bathroom by myself, I do it everyday. They had put two drainage tubes in my stomach and said they would remain in there until I had a transplant – they were removed within eight weeks of me coming home. All of my doctors, surgeons, and transplant team are just amazed every time they see me. They said they never expected me to live, let alone be doing all that I am able to do.
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