Steve is my husband and the father of our adult daughter. He is a wonderful person--sweet, patient, clever, wise and generous. Despite his struggle with this life threatening disease, he continues to faithfully look out for others, for me, family, friends. He can be proud of all the people whose lives he has touched and who are grateful.
Steve was once a strong ambitious home improvement specialist. Of course he's a bit older now (65), but he is a shadow of his former self. Since his esophageal bleed 8 years ago, he faces disabling fatigue everyday that makes his average chores painstaking. Recovering energy and experiencing joy again, which a healthy liver would make possible for him-- is what he longs for.
Steve has type A blood (all A blood and 0 blood are viable). If you are about 18 - 60 yrs old, have compatible blood and sufficient health, you may decide to give the gift of love and hope and step up. Thank you so much for giving this story your attention.
It's important to stress that the donor grows a new liver in 6 - 8 weeks! Our health insurance covers the medical care. Steve will also cover the lost wages, housing costs, travel expenses and childcare. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Steven Daly'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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