We are partners in this journey

Transplant recipient looking forward to a bright future

Sam Goldman appears to be a happy and bright "typical" 14-year old. He is a soccer enthusiast; he "loves, loves, loves" the Yankees; he enjoys watching the Discovery Channel; and he wants to be a geologist when he grows up.

One would never guess that Sam has travelled a rough road to get to this point. At age 6, Sam was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholingitis—a chronic inflammatory disorder of the bile ducts. By age 13, this condition irreversibly damaged his liver and Sam began to feel very weak and debilitated.

Instead of experiencing a special summer trip to Italy with his mom, Lisa, he was preparing for a life-saving liver transplant. Lisa wanted to be Sam's living donor.

On August 3rd, 2010, Lisa donated a piece of her liver to her son. As she says: "We are partners in this journey."

Mount Sinai's Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute has partnered with more than 5,500 patients like Sam, whose life depends on a new liver, pancreas, or kidney. And our continuum of care philosophy means we are there for you and your loved one before, during, and after the surgery to ensure your wellbeing.

A few months following surgery, Lisa was back to her exercise regime of biking and hot yoga. And Sam is now back to routing for his beloved Yankees, some of whom he recently met.

Both are looking forward to their rescheduled summer trip Italy in 2011. And both have their eye on the ball of a bright future together.

Find out more about how you can save a live by becoming an organ donor.