“I would wake up in the morning and look in the mirror, and I would think it was my last day. I didn’t think I was going to make it,” says Stephen Dombrosky pictured with his wife, Pam. At 60 years old, Stephen was feeling exhausted and was retaining fluid in his abdomen. He couldn’t go to the restroom without getting winded, and he had given up on taking his annual trip to Mexico to visit his sister. 

After numerous trips to his doctor and several admissions to the ICU of his local hospital, the Carbondale resident was diagnosed with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis—a disease that causes liver failure. Stephen opted to undergo a TIPS procedure, in which a shunt would be placed to bypass his liver and remove excess fluids. With a high risk of developing pneumonia and the possibility of the procedure leaving him in a coma, Stephen chose Geisinger to manage his care.

Stephen underwent the procedure in April with no side effects. In July, he traveled to Baja, Mexico. “We can’t say enough,” Stephen said. “Geisinger saved my life.” #GeisingerStories
Stephen and Pam Dombrosky
Pam and Stephen Dombrosky