I'm Steve, diagnosed with liver cirrhosis 20 years ago. This sounds positive, but it is a progressive liver disease and now I cannot do much of anything. I was really hoping to travel a bit, make the most of my status as a senior, pay attention to my family and friends.
I have projects which go unfinished because I don't have the strength to pursue them. Recovering my health would give me the momentum to complete goals which I used to be able to take care of confidently and feel proud about.
I need this surgery to survive cirrhosis. Recovery would allow me the experience of an acceptable lifespan...time to enjoy the rewards of my devotion to family and friends and the rebirth of the average good health that I deserve.
The ideal surgery would be from a living donor. In this way, I could plan ahead and not have to wait until I am desperately ill to be considered for a transplant. You could be a match, regardless of your size and whether you are male or female. You need to have type A or 0 blood and be approved after an evaluation which will reveal any underlying health issues. The liver is an amazing organ which recovers rapidly, in 6 - 8 weeks at most. My health insurance covers all the medical costs.
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Steven Daly'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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