USC Liver Transplant Story

USC Liver Transplant is with Mark Scotch.



We are thrilled to share the heartwarming story of how one selfless individual, Mark Scotch, became the guardian angel for Baby Selena. Baby Selena, diagnosed with biliary atresia, a rare liver disease, was in desperate need of a transplant. At just 6 months old, her future hung in the balance as time became a precious commodity.

Her journey led her family to Phoenix Children’s, where the team discovered that a deceased donor transplant was not a feasible option for Selena. The team at Phoenix Children’s knew early transfer was a key option to keeping Baby Selena alive and Selena’s family was guided to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) in collaboration with Keck Medicine of USC.

Enter Mark Scotch, an extraordinary individual who would change Selena’s life forever. Mark selflessly stepped forward to become an altruistic donor and was matched to Baby Selena. Mark had been trying to donate his liver for some time, but because of his age, he was overlooked. The team at Keck Medicine of USC Living Donor Liver Transplant brought Mark to the clinic for an initial evaluation and because of Mark’s incredible health and active lifestyle, he was the perfect match to give Selena a second chance at life, despite his age.

Under the skilled hands of Dr. Yuri Genyk, MD, Dr. Kaur, and Dr. Klein from Keck Medicine of USC the successful transplant took place, breathing new hope into Selena’s future. Today, Selena is on the road to recovery, thanks to Mark’s generosity and the exceptional medical team from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and Keck Medicine of USC Living Donor Liver Transplant that made this miracle happen.

The story doesn’t end there. Mark Scotch and his wife, Lynn, have embraced their role as ambassadors for organ donation. Mark and Lynn are also both kidney donors and they have created “The Organ Trail,” an organization that raises awareness and provides education for living organ donation through cycling. Their inspiring initiative highlights the importance of giving the gift of life and encourages others to follow in their footsteps.

This incredible act of altruism reminds us of the power of humanity and the profound impact we can make on each other’s lives. Please share their story and spread awareness about organ donation, so miracles can continue to happen through Living Donation!

To find out more about the Keck Medicine of USC Living Donor Liver Transplant program, click here:

To learn more about Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) Liver Transplant Program, click here:

To learn more about The Organ Trail, click here:

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