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Rare domino liver transplant saves two lives
Rare domino liver transplant saves two lives

Betty Dzielski's liver was slowly destroying her heart. If the Pasadena resident didn't get a liver transplant, she would die eventually, doctors told her. The 52-year-old suffered from a rare genetic disease, familial amyloid polyneuropathy, that caused her liver to produce a protein that travels to other organs and sickens them. She had a stroke after the protein had begun to deposit in her heart, and she also had trouble walking. Dzielski underwent a lifesaving liver transplant in October. And although her old liver threatened her life, in the end it saved someone else's. During a nearly five-hour procedure at the University of Maryland Medical Center called a...