My name is Ken. In July, 2020, I received the devastating news that I needed a liver donation due to liver failure. As anyone would do In a similar situation, I immediately thought about my life - the past, the present and what I hope to experience in the future. I knew I would be fighting for my life and that it was a fight In which I would use everything I had to win. I just need some help.
I am a proud father of two wonderful young men. I’ve been there since the day they were born and throughout every aspect of their lives from caregiving, coaching sports, helping with their education, and simply being a father and a friend when needed. They are now kind, caring, and intelligent young men. My oldest son graduated from college in May and my youngest is currently a college sophomore. I am proud of their accomplishments and now want to watch them experience happiness and success in their adult lives.
I have enjoyed a rewarding career in which every day I felt I had an opportunity to make a positive difference in peoples lives. I was able to advocate for others on healthcare issues at both the state and federal level. It is a career I wish to return to when the disease is defeated.
My family has been there for me throughout the entire ordeal and it’s from my parents, my brothers, and my sister-in-law I have garnered strength during any times of doubt. Specifically, my parents have dedicated the last two years of their lives to me. I would like to be there to repay them and to take care of them when they need me.
For the past two years, liver failure has robbed me of a decent quality of life. For the first time, I have missed many of my sons’ events. I have been unable to continue with my rewarding career. The disease has taken away certain simple joys such as playing catch with my boys, going to sporting events and concerts, taking hikes, and going on trips with my children. I’ve lost time with friends and family. Sometimes it has robbed me of such freedoms as driving a car.
A transplant would allow me to experience what I have missed for the past several years and to enjoy what the future holds.
Please take the time to learn about living liver donations and consider helping by sharing my information or getting tested as a potential match. Everything is done confidentially. If everyone Interested enough to read my story did so, I’m certain we can be successful.
I appreciate your consideration.
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Kenneth Ferrucci'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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