A wonderful moment happened Friday at St. Thomas Hospital.
A mother, her daughters’ donated heart and the grateful woman who received that heart all came together.
The moment was 18 months in the making. Joni Layner received the heart of Nancy McLellan’s daughter, Tiffani.
“I am so honored to meet you, it’s such a pleasure to meet and know you’ve got my angels heart in you,” Layner said.
The state Department of Health recently approved the Island’s first adult liver transplant program at Northwell Health’s North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. Surgeons and doctors at the 15,000-square-foot Sandra Atlas Bass Center for Liver Diseases, on the NSUH campus, began compiling a list of patients in greatest need of transplants in June. Now they are waiting for livers to become available to start transplanting them into patients.
Northwell is expected to perform 10 liver transplants over the next year.