Press Release

Esophageal Transplant Restores Normal Life after Cancer

11.13.2013

I'd never heard of this kind of transplant, but I hope they do it for other patients so they won't have to go through what I did.

-Gilbert Hudson, patient, Stanford Hospital & Clinics
Photographer: Norbert von der Groeben

Since his esophageal transplant, Gilbert Hudson, with the steady support of his wife, Kathy, is returning to an active life. 

Photographer: Norbert von der Groeben

His reconstructed esophagus now allows Hudson to eat and drink normally, and he relishes every snack and meal. 

Swallowing and eating is something we often times take for granted—until it's taken away from you. It's heart-breaking to see what people go through.

-Gordon Lee, MD, director of microsurgery in the division of plastic and reconstructive surgery

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