As a young adult, Gerry Fellows began his career as an iron worker. Known for his strength and determination, he also had an artistic side, which can be seen from his paintings, a hobby that Gerry has enjoyed for the last 50 years.
In 1967, everything changed when Gerry took a fall at work and had to undergo emergency surgery. Surgeons had to remove Gerry's spleen, which had burst from the fall, and after multiple blood transfusions during the procedure, Gerry developed Hepatitis C. Soon after, cancer also moved in and all the medications that Gerry had been prescribed made him so ill, he couldn't even lift a paintbrush.
All that changed when Gerry came to the Transplant Institute at BIDMC. He was immediately put on the liver transplant waiting list, and in July 2004, he received his new liver.
Not only did Gerry return to health after the transplant, but he was able to pick up his paint brushes again and return to the canvas. Grateful for the way he was treated by the entire staff at BIDMC and the outcome of his transplant, Gerry knows that "Every day is a gift."