My name is Patrick Kostkowski. I am a retired school teacher and coach. I loved working with young people in the classroom and athletic fields.
I was fortunate enough to work with many outstanding young student athletes over the years.
In 2013 I was diagnosed with liver disease. In the last three years I have had to have 5 different banding procedures, because of internal bleeding from my esphogial varicices. I am in need of a liver donor. The regenerative power of the liver is amazing. A donor would only be giving up a part of their healthy liver. I have blood work done every three months and an MRI every six. I have other problems from this disease. I have an inflamed gallbladder. Fluid in my stomach causing to be bloated. Extremely low white blood cell levels, which has weakened my immune system. Because if that, I have to be extra careful about contracting viruses.
I thank you for your time in reading my story. If anyone comes forward to help me in my time of need, my family and I would be grateful for your actions.
God Bless all that need help
I miss spending time with friends and family. I was a social person before my diagnosis. Now, I dont venture out very much.
My wife will be retiring soon and we hope to travel with our family.
A chance to live my twilight years knowing I can do what I want and go where I want. I would love to get back into coaching in a minor role. I believe working with young people is my purpose in life.
Anyone intrested in donating a part of their liver, they can remain confidential if you choose, can go to the Johns Hopkins hospital website to get get info about their Living Donor Program.
Please share my story with others.
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Patrick Kostkowski'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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