2019 Presenting Sponsor, LIVEr Champion
Darioush ‘David’ Badakhshan
David, whose birth name is Darioush, came to the United States from Iran in June 1972 and he’s never looked back. It was here that he got married 35 years ago and raised his two children, daughter Tammira, 30, and son Auria, 26, and became the proud grandfather of two-year-old Leland.
But in 2015, he became sick. After weeks of hospitalizations, doctors determined that he needed a liver transplant. But David wasn’t ready to take that step yet. Unfortunately, his condition continued to worsen and at the end of 2017 his daughter took him to a local hospital where he went into a coma caused by the damage inflicted by his liver disease.
After weeks of failing to improve he was transferred to MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute where he was cared for by our team of doctors, nurses and support staff until he was well enough to be listed for transplant. On June 8th, 2018, David successfully received a life-saving liver transplant.
He recently wrote us this letter of thanks:
“The help and the exceptionally high level of patient care that I received at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is beyond my ability to explain. Never have I felt so loved and cared for in my entire life. These heroes gave me a second life and I am forever grateful. I want to thank all living donors and those donors who are deceased for providing the ultimate sacrifice to allow for true miracle to happen for people in need of a transplant like me.”
Because of his life-transforming experience as a transplant recipient, David has been inspired to be an advocate for organ donation. He now spends a great deal of time and provides support for many “Donate Life” efforts to encourage people to become organ donors.