My name is Scott DiBattisto and am a 42 year old living in Newington, CT. I live with my beautiful wife of 11 years. I have been a commercial liability underwriter for 15+ years, however I am unable to work since May. Sharing my story is outside of my comfort zone, but this is a matter of life and death. Unfortunately I cannot wait for a deceased donor and am looking for a living donor.
I was diagnosed in November of 2022, and was first hospitalized in February of 2023 totaling 12 visits to date. Unfortunately liver failure has greatly diminished my quality of life. I used to enjoy basketball, softball, golf along with traveling. Now I can barely leave the house due to lack of energy and strength.
A transplant would mean the world to me! I would love to resume all activities pre diagnosis. Whether that's traveling, attending ballgames and concerts, and watching my niece's and nephew's sporting events. I also cannot wait to start exercising again. I would be forever grateful to anyone willing to become a donor.
I would greatly appreciate it if you could share with family and friends. Getting my name out to the community will hopefully help in receiving a liver. There is a shortage of deceased donors compared to patients on the waiting list and living donor transplant have a higher success rate.
By donating part of your liver (it will regenerate) you could help save a life. This is a selfless, caring act and I thank you in advance. If interested you can confidentially contact the Yale New Haven Transplantation Center.
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Scott DiBattisto's Transplant Center. Begin by completing the donor questionnaire
Liver transplantation has been a successful treatment and standard of care for end-stage liver disease since the early 1980s.
Technical advancements in liver surgery, as well as the liver's tremendous ability to regenerate, have made living donor liver transplantation a life-saving reality.
There are currently 120,000 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant in the U.S. Of these, 15,000 await liver transplants.
Although more than 6,000 liver transplants were performed last year, over 1,700 patients died while waiting on the list.
Deceased donor livers are allocated to patients based on how sick they are, determined by their MELD score, where sicker patients receive priority.
Living donation offers patients the option of transplant before they get very sick--regardless of MELD score--significantly decreasing the time they wait for a liver.
Living donation not only saves the life of the recipient; it also frees up a liver for a patient on the waiting list who does not have that option.
The Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) and Pediatric End-Stage Liver Disease (PELD) are numerical, objective scales that allocate available livers to the sickest patients. Patients move up the list as their scores increase.
The first living donor liver transplant took place in 1988. Since then, living donors have continued giving the gift of life and making a difference.
When a recipient has a living donor, the wait time for transplant is shorter and the transplant can be scheduled in advanced when the recipient is in good health and when it is convenient for both the donor and the recipient.
Financial burdens shouldn’t prevent the gift of life. The National Living Donor Assistance Center (NLDAC) can offer financial support for living donor travel expenses.
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