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Limor Rosenberg, Liver Transplant Recipient

<p>Limor Rosenberg, Liver Transplant Recipient</p>
Limor Rosenberg | Givatayim, Israel

When Limor Eisner Rosenberg, who lives outside of Tel Aviv, Israel, learned that she would need a  second liver transplant at the age of 43, Ochsner was her first choice. Born with cirrhosis from unknown causes, Eisner needed her first liver transplant at the age of 11. She was on a lifetime regimen of anti- rejection medications, but eventually her liver started to fail. Some 30 years after the first transplant, her medical team in Israel recommended she go to Ochsner for a second transplant. “They said that Ochsner had the experience needed to do a difficult second transplant,” says Eisner, a full-time mother of two teenage children, “because the number of transplants that Ochsner does in one month is what Israel does in one year. There are also many more organs available here because donor awareness is so much greater.” Eisner traveled to Ochsner in the spring of 2014 with her husband, Kobi. She stayed at the Brent House, Ochsner’s full-service hotel designed to maximize convenience and comfort for patients and their families. On November 14, 2014, she underwent a 10-hour surgery, in which Ochsner’s top transplant surgeons collaborated on the procedure. “I know it was a complicated operation,” Eisner says, “but they did not give up on me. It is because of them that I am still alive today.”

Eisner praises Ochsner’s attentiveness and responsiveness to all her needs and concerns. “They   attended to everything,” she says, “whether I needed counseling, physical therapy, or help from a social worker, Ochsner provided all that and more. I felt very safe and secure, and it was such a positive experience.”

She also expresses her deepest gratitude to the donor and the donor’s family, who made such a generous gift of life. “I do not know the family and don’t have many details about the donor,” she says, “but I hope someday I can tell the family in person how profoundly grateful I am.” After three months, during which Ochsner monitored her post-surgical progress, Eisner is finally ready to go home to Israel, where she and Kobi will return to family life with their children. “I feel that I have built such a close relationship with Ochsner,” she says, “and I want to maintain it by staying in touch with my care team through MyOchsner.” Before leaving, Eisner hosted a thank-you dinner for her care team and the many friends she had made during her stay. Among the 50 or so guests were her surgeons, nurse practitioner, social worker, and the hairstylist at the Brent House who helped Eisner look and feel her best. An emotional Eisner gave special thanks to surgeon Ari Cohen, MD, for giving her “new life” and expressed gratitude to the local Jewish community for making sure she and Kobi were never alone for Sabbath or a holiday. “I can’t recommend Ochsner highly enough,” Eisner adds. “My care team is like family to me now. It's because of them that I an still alive today.”