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When 1 Transplant Isn't Enough to Fight Hepatitis C: Nisha Gupta's Story

August 17, 2015

While working as an infectious disease nurse, Nisha Gupta was stuck with a needle from an HIV-positive patient. For months, she worried about her HIV status. After multiple tests, she was found to be HIV negative.

However, a few years later, in 1990, she got some blood work done and had elevated biomarkers from her liver. She was diagnosed with hepatitis C.

She had never really considered the possibility of hepatitis C, but the doctors told her that her liver was so bad that she was going to need a liver transplant. Little by little, her condition got worse until one day she checked herself into the emergency room.

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"Every minute of that day, I didn't know if I was going to live today or if I was going to die. It was that bad," she said of her hospital experience.

Gupta received a liver transplant shortly after her admission into the hospital. However, doctors later found out that the liver she had been given was failing. In order to win this battle with hepatitis C, she would need a second liver transplant.

Gupta credits her success in fighting hepatitis C to the support of her husband and daughters, and wants people to know that hepatitis C is curable and that it doesn't mean the end of your life.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has guidelines on how to prevent needlestick injures, as well as a hepatitis C FAQ for health professionals.

Watch the rest of Gupta's story, which is told in this video from the National Viral Hepatitis Action Coalition, along with the CDC.



Mathew Rodriguez is the community editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @mathewrodriguez, like his Facebook page or visit him on his personal website.


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