Transplant helps save woman’s best friend’s life

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CENTERVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An eastern Indiana woman has helped extend her best friend’s life by donating a portion of her liver to her for a transplant.

Although the liver section doctors transplanted from Christie DeBruler Hill into Laura Alderson Toby ultimately failed, it helped Toby receive a whole liver transplant just days later from a cadaver.

Toby is now recovering from the two transplant surgeries at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Hill tells the Palladium-Item she doesn’t regret her donation to her best friend since the seventh grade because if she hadn’t done it, the 36-year-old Toby would have remained ineligible for a cadaver transplant because her medical history includes skin cancer.

Toby’s post-surgery problems meant a cadaver transplant became an available life-saving option. That successful transplant happened on Nov. 18. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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