Then... Kathryn Smith, Multi- visceral Recipient 2003 calendar participant.
Now...These days, Kathryn Smith might start her morning seeing patients, children with liver disease, as a pediatric transplant hepatologist at the University of California, San Francisco. That’s a far cry from her life just over 21 years ago, when Kathryn was on the other side of the stethoscope as a patient herself. Kathryn’s journey started when she became suddenly and violently ill from autoimmune hepatitis and her entire body, not just her liver, began to shut down. Doctors realized that Kathryn would need a new liver, kidney, pancreas, small intestine and stomach. In August 1999, she received all five lifesaving organs from a selfless donor. Kathryn received more than the gift of life that day, she also found her life’s calling. She was inspired to realize her dream to become Dr. Kathryn Smith and care for children before and after their liver transplants. “It all paid off. Here I am. Alive and living my dream.