Transplantation Center

Patient Stories

Each of our patients has a unique story and a different point of view. We present just a few here, as a way for our patients and their family members to describe how they felt about their transplantation journey and the care they received at Yale-New Haven Transplantation Center. 


When Abdullah Farid of Hamden was a bright, rambunctious toddler, he was diagnosed with familial hypercholesterolemia, a condition marked by high levels of "bad" cholesterol beginning at birth. Abdullah already had cholesterol deposits on his arteries and visible deposits on his skin. After a test put his cholesterol level at 1,300, doctors said he was headed for a heart attack before the age of 10.

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Cole Chaivanik was only a couple of months old when he started showing symptoms of a rare childhood liver disease called Bilary Atresia. To confirm this diagnosis would require a liver biopsy. Knowing it was a rare disease, Cole's family went ahead with the biopsy. Then complications arose.

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Grover Family

In August 2010, Josiah and Darien Grover welcomed their second child, Samuel, who joined his older brother Will in their family. Born on the base of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY, where Josiah is an Army Major, Sam was a healthy newborn.

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In 1994, Julian Sproule was enjoying a very successful career. A native of the U.K., Julian was working in the London office of Michael Bloomberg, future mayor of New York and founder of one of the world's most influential news organizations. Then things took a turn for the worse.

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Ryan Agnew was a normal 10 year-old... happy, healthy and very athletic. Then one day, his mom Connie received a call from the school informing her that Ryan was suffering from severe stomach pains.

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At age six, Sam Goldman was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis, a disease of the small bile duct in the liver. Seven years later, the disease had progressed to the point where Sam needed a liver transplant.

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From the moment Sanija Tigangi came into the world, things were not right. At birth, doctors told her mother, Elzana, that Sanija had a failing liver.

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Tricia Conduah went to the doctor for what she thought was just a urinary tract infection. But it turned out there was something more to it. Tricia's creatinine levels were high. A biopsy revealed that she was suffering from glomerulonephritis - a renal disease that prevents part of the kidney from properly filtering impurities.

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