I am Linda's sister Jodi. Linda and I are five years apart there are five children in our family, Linda being the middle child me being the youngest. Linda and I really didn't do a lot together when we were younger because of our age difference but as we got older we became very close. We used to love to go shopping just about every Saturday with my mom and had a lot of fun and laughs. The qualities I admire the most about my sister Linda is her ambition no matter what she is doing. She worked her way up from working in a factory at a young age to being Vice President of a Hospital, no matter what you put in front of her she would accomplish it hands down.
Linda's liver failure has affected every aspect of her life. She has a loving husband 5 beautiful dogs and 4 very cute donkeys. Never mind her long list of extended family and friends. Linda still gets up every day to go to work when most people probably would have given up, she no longer can take care of her donkeys and do all the things she used to with her dogs. She basically has no quality of life at this point. It is heartbreaking for everyone!!!
A transplant for Linda would be life changing for her and her family. It would be so nice to see my sister happy and feeling good again it's been a long road with no end in sight so far if she doesn't receive a transplant.
Other people can help Linda by getting the word out, I personally will reach out to friends and have them reach out also. The more people that are aware the better chance she has of finding someone. Its literally a matter of life and death!!!
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Linda Riso'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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