Local woman meets stranger who gave her life-saving partial liver donation

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A local woman gets a partial liver donation thanks to a complete stranger and met the person who saved her life.

It was an emotional moment outside UPMC Montefiore as Pamela Jordan of Beaver County met the stranger for the first time who donated a portion of her liver.

Pamela has liver disease and was in desperate need of a transplant until she met Rebecca Isaac of Gettysburg, who helped change her life.

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Rebecca signed up to be a donor for someone else but wasn’t a match. Despite never meeting or knowing each other, Rebecca agreed to donate part of her liver to Pamela.

”I talked to my family about it a little bit you know the sacrifice of donating is something I would be more than willing to do for someone,” said donor Rebecca Isaac.

No one in Pamela’s family was a match, so her friend put a plea out on Facebook for potential donors and found Rebecca.

Both women had successful surgeries at the end of June. Doctors explained why a living donor is the best option.

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”The main reason there aren’t enough livers to everyone who needs a liver right now in this country. The reality is we have roughly 12,000 to 13,000 people waiting for a transplant. We do between 8,000 and 9,000 a year so there’s a certain percentage that don’t get a transplant,” said Dr. Abhi Humar, clinical director and chief of UPMC transplant program.

Pamela said now that she’s recovering, she plans to enjoy spending time with her family.

”Spend more time with my granddaughter take her out and enjoy her,” said Pamela Jordan.

Both women hope this story encourages others to be a life-saving match, too.

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