My name is Paul, and I am asking for your help to save my life.
I have an autoimmune liver disease called Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC) which has led to end-stage liver disease. I am experiencing frequent bouts of cholangitis requiring IV antibiotics and hospitalization. The median survival time of patients with decompensated cirrhosis like myself is two years without transplantation.
I am blessed with a loving family with 4 children and 2 grandchildren. One of my daughters is getting married next year and my youngest son will graduate from a master's program next year. I am determined to be a part of all of these major life events.
My doctor has advised that a living donor is the best option at this time as it will increase the likelihood that I will receive transplantation before I become sicker, or complications limit my ability to receive a liver.
Living donor transplants generally have better outcomes and can be arranged at a time convenient for both parties. No waiting and wondering while my body continues to weaken. More so, this surgery is covered for both the donor and the recipient under my health insurance!
If you have any questions or concerns about the living donation process in any aspect, please sign up for the American Transplant Foundation's Potential Living Donor Database and we can provide you with any resources you may need, including speaking with a living organ donor directly.
I would appreciate you sharing this information with anyone that you know who might be interested or a match.
Thank you so much for your consideration!