Kenneth is my dad! The things I enjoy most with him are hanging out outside throwing around a ball or going to baseball games! He is the one who taught me everything about the sports we love to watch together. We also always love spending time outside no matter the season. I admire how dedicated he is to the things and people he loves. He is also an excellent chef!
Liver failure affects every part of his life. He misses out on the little things he loves the most, especially those he would do with my brother and me. We are all looking forward to the day when we can all go outside and shoot hoops together or explore a new place.
It would mean the world to him and our family! He could do the things he has missed out on for so long. Every day we talk about how much he misses being able to do the things that he has loved his whole life. I know it would mean everything to him to be able to have a catch with me and my brother or go out and eat his favorite foods again.
Let's all help my dad!
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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