Transplant date now set for January 27th 2015!!!
When Jason was 14 years old he was diagnosed with a rare liver disorder, called Wilson's Disease and was placed on the Liver Transplant list at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. Unfortunately having this disease has caused other medical conditions to develop over time such as an enlarged spleen, Abdominal Fluid Retention and Portal Hypertension just to name a few.
On April 2nd 2014, 16 years later, everything changed! Jason woke up in the ICU of Kennedy Hospital completely unaware of where he was and what was going on. He had developed Hepatic Encephalopathy (yikes big word!), H.E. is the temporary loss of brain function due to, in this case, a dangerously high level of ammonia build up in the blood. How did that happen? End stage liver failure! We spent almost 3 weeks total in the ICU of Kennedy and UPenn. Jay went home holding an extra 27 pounds of fluid and 2 more medications to add to the pot but he knew GOD was in control! No surprise to anyone though Jay has never lost his smile and fun loving personality that so many of us flock to!
"More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us." –Romans 5:3-5
If anyone is interested in becoming a living liver donor or would like more information about the process Please contact the University of Pennsylvania Hospital.
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