Less than three weeks after getting on an organ transplant list for HIV-positive patients, John Welch got the call. A liver was available from a deceased donor, and it was an excellent match.
On July 1, the 53-year-old Dallas man became the first recipient of an HIV-positive-to-HIV-positive organ transplant in Texas at UT Southwestern’s William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital.
“The organ I got was from a young man, and I think it’s rejuvenating this old, tired bag of bones. Maybe I’ll be 25 again,” Welch says with a laugh.
A team of transplant doctors, surgeons, and infectious disease specialists completed the surgery without complications. UT Southwestern physicians have performed more than 3,000 solid organ transplants.
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