Hello, my name is Matthew Leonard. My passions include my grandchildren, 4 with one on the way. My three son's and two daughter in laws. My three sisters and one brother as well as my Mom, 88 years young. We are lucky to have a family that cares for each other.
Besides family I am passionate about how people are treated, everyone has something to offer. What bothers me the most is other people who try to bring others down.
I love sports. Mostly Rugby, Football, F1 and Soccer. Thank goodness I have the sports package with my cable.
I was diagnosed with liver failure approximately 3yrs and 8 months ago. Now I live to see my grandaughter to get married. As long as live till she does.
Liver failure has impacted several areas of my physical being. I had blood transfusions for three years and the doctors finally found the source, which has been fixed. My balance has been off since we found out. My aluminum levels have gone up every now and then which causes lack of balance and mind control until I get to the hospital for treatment. I have to watch visiting anyone with a cold, as it will effect me much worse. I have been through a couple of depressions but have gotten away from that.
A transplant would mean saving my life. As of now I'm not sure how long I can survive without the help of someone out there. Can't say much more than that.
I need help from a special soul, who will provide me with a piece of their liver. Friends who can not help me personally will be able to help spread the word. Telling anyone you know and they telling their friends will hopefully increase the population that contains that special soul who will help me. This creates what is known as living donor evaluation.
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Matthew F Leonard'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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