Liver transplant program marks 1,500th patient

CHICAGO (AP) — Northwestern Medicine in Chicago has announced its 1,500th liver transplant.

The milestone comes just after the transplant program marked its 20-year anniversary. Northwestern Memorial Hospital surgeons performed the facility’s first liver transplant on Aug. 25, 1993. Terry Costello was the patient. He’s now 67 and says he feels great. He says a transplant can be life-changing.

Over the decades, the Northwestern transplant program has opened satellite clinics in the Chicago suburbs, northwest Indiana and the Quad Cities along the Iowa-Illinois border.

The 1,500th liver transplant recipient is Freddie Martinez. He received care at the Glenview satellite clinic before getting a liver transplant at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He says the transplant gave him a “second chance” and he’s looking forward to returning to work at a local library in Schaumburg.

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