Tower Completes Successful Liver Transplant Surgery

WEST READING PA – Three physicians operating in Tower Health’s Transplant Institute at Reading Hospital (above) successfully performed the facility’s first liver transplant during December, and say they are now providing services to patients who earlier “curtailed their medical care because of COVID-19 fears.”

Tower Health has COVID-safe pathways to care for transplant candidates and recipients, and all other patients,” the organization stated in a media release.

The liver surgery was performed by Tower transplant surgeons David J. Reich, MD, FACS; Gary S. Xiao, MD, FACS; and Stephen R. Guy, MD, FACS. The recipient was a 36-year-old Reading resident and father of two, Alex Beltran, who suffered from Wilson’s liver disease, a rare inherited genetic disease that physicians said allows dangerous levels of copper to accumulate in the liver, brain, and other organs.

In addition to Reading Hospital the Tower Health system includes Pottstown, Phoenixville, Brandywine, Jennersville, Chestnut Hill hospitals; and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children under its partnership with Drexel University in Philadelphia.

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