When I think of my aunt linda, one of the first words that comes to mind is "tenacious". No matter the situation or the amount of adversity, she always puts her head to work and finds a solution. I have always really looked up to her, in that she can seem to learn how to do anything. She is never afraid to do the research and teach herself, no holding back, no reservation. I think that is why she succeeds and excells at anything she does, never taking no for an answer. And of course the fact that her brain just seems to work faster than most!, haha, we always laugh within my family as she always beats you to the answer, always!. With her current situation, being something out of her control, I can only hope that another great mind (or heart) will come up with the answer 1st this time.
My aunt has missed out on a lot that she enjoys since being sick, the top of her list including spending time with her family and pets and 3rd in line being her work. My aunt has always had dogs which are like her children, but right before she got sick, linda and her husband added donkeys to the heard. She really has a love for the donkeys, but has to admire them from afar, becuase her doctors say she can not risk being kicked by accident. Linda also has really enjoyed working, which she has continued to do but has been forced to work remotely as well as give up many of her duties to others, which i know has been very hard for her.
It would give her a second chance to be able to enjoy life again, spend time with her loving family (humans and pets), and realize the plan that linda and her husband have to be able to start a program their donkeys and special needs children.
I really hope that she will be able to find a suitable donor!
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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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