I am writing this on behalf of my sister-in-law Linda Riso. Linda is far too humble and totally unaccustomed to asking for help so her family and friends who love her dearly are stepping in to ask for help on her behalf. Linda has a hereditary disease called hemochromatosis which has essentially destroyed her liver. She needs a liver transplant and living donor would be her best option. She doesn't have alot of time and the cadaver list is very long. Many don't realize that you can donate a part of your liver and your liver will regenerate quickly. Her brother, my husband, went through the process to donate a part of his liver but it was determined that he wasn't a viable candidate. It was devestating news. Her other siblings have health problems that deny them the opportunity so we are hoping for other possible donors to come forward. It all starts with learning about the process.
Linda was diagnosed with liver failure in 2019. Her life is barely recognizable with the agonizing pain, the frequent trips to the hospital for life saving blood transfusions and constant doctor's appointments. Even with all this, Linda still holds down a full time job although there are days she can barely mange to get out of bed. To say she is an amazing individual is a gross understatement. She is a loving wife, step-mom, grandmother, sister, daughter and aunt to many nieces and nephews. She lives in her home with her husband Mike and their 5 large dogs and 4 donkeys. She loves her animals and they love her back unconditionally. She has always been the kind of person I have aspired to be. She can do anything she sets her mind to. Above all she is a kind, hard-working woman who has suffered greatly over the past few years and she deserves a chance to live to carry on with all the good work she has done throughout her life. This world is a better place with Linda in it and selfishly, we want to do everything we can to make sure she stays in our lives.
A transplant for Linda would mean a chance to bring about the love she has for her animals into a wonderful opportunity for children with special needs. She would love to start a program with her donkeys. There isn't anything Linda can't accomplish when she puts her mind to it. She has always worked in the medical field and thoroughly enjoys helping people. Animals are a passion of Linda's and as sick as she is, she still takes exceptional care of her 4 German Shepherds, Lab and 4 donkeys. Most healthy people couldn't do what she does but most people are not Linda.
I want people to know that saving Linda's life is possible with a living donor. Anybody interested in more information can confidentially start the donation process by getting more information. Anyone can help by sharing Linda's story. There so much negativity spread on social media. Here's a chance to get the word out and possibly save a life.
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Linda Riso'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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