CORRYVILLE, OH (FOX19) - The University of Cincinnati Medical Center marked a major milestone on Thanksgiving Day.
A veteran received the hospital's 100th liver transplant of the year.
"There's a 100 special days for us this year," said Tayyab Diwan, Assistant Professor of Surgery.
Robert Simmons spent his Thanksgiving holiday in the hospital, but he couldn't be more thankful.
"I'm just very fortunate," said Simmons.
The Northern Kentucky man was diagnosed with cancer in 2013.
But now, he's recovering after successful liver transplant surgery.
"Grateful and thankful to the donor and I don't wanna let them down," said Simmons.
Doctors say performing 100 liver transplants is a great accomplishment.
But more importantly, they've gotten to help even more patients than ever before.
"It's selfish for us because we get instant gratification with every transplant we do, because the patient the next day is just a 100 times better than they were 24 hours beforehand," said Diwan.