Making the most of life

Anna duSaire

Transplant Recipient, Minnesota

  • Liver, April 12, 2002, University of Minnesota Health Transplant Services

Anna was born with biliary atresia and had the Kasei procedure done when she was just 10 weeks old. She was placed on the transplant waiting list when she was 13 months old. She remained healthy, and was fortunate to receive her liver transplant in April of 2002, at the University of Minnesota Medical Center just 10 days after her second birthday. Even at age two, she was an incredible patient. Luckily, she has had very few complications, and has been very healthy throughout this amazing journey that is her life. Anna is grateful to her donor family, and hopes to someday meet them.

Anna is proof that organ donation works! Grateful for the second chance at life that she was given, she is passionate about helping others.

She has participated in seven Transplant Games—every one since 2004 when she was just four years old. You’ll see Anna racing around the track, serving a volleyball, and teaming up with Candy to play pickle ball at the 2018 Games in Salt Lake City. She also looks forward to connecting with fellow organ recipients and friends from across the country, all while paying tribute to the donors who give the gift of life.

Anna is an active teen who participates in track and field, gymnastics, and dance, while also excelling in her academic studies. She will graduate from St. Louis Park High School in May, and is considering a career in law or journalism.