‘Brothers forever’ – PA man reunites with partial liver donor in Bridgeport

Cernera is no stranger to being the hero. He donated a kidney to a man in New York and stem cells to a woman in California.

News 12 Staff

Apr 19, 2021, 9:48 PM

Updated 1,136 days ago

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Marty Yucha, of western Pennsylvania, says he didn't think he would ever find a liver. Then, Anthony Cernera, the director of philanthropy at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, answered the call.
Cernera went out to Pittsburgh and donated part of his liver to Yucha in December. Last month, the two met for the first time since the procedure through a video. On Monday, News 12 brought them together again.
"Just broke my heart.,” said Yucha, 70. “Anyone that could save me from what I was going to experience – it was just great."
Now the two share a bond they say cannot be broken.
Cernera is no stranger to being the hero. He donated a kidney to a man in New York and stem cells to a woman in California.
April is National Donor Awareness Month.


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