Unfortunately his health complications caused significant damage to his kidneys and eventually complete renal failure in 2013. He needed a kidney and pancreas transplant, but the waiting list was long. In the meantime, he has had to be on dialysis several times a week for over four years.
The time finally came and he had the 10+ hour surgery late in the evening of December 18, 2017.
It was obviously a very serious surgery, and while his health insurance will thankfully cover the transplant, there are aspects of care and recovery (including copays, mediation, transport and much more) which are not covered by insurance. For the first year after a transplant, a patient remains at high risk for rejection, and there are many costs associated with monitoring and guarding against this, as well as with recuperation in other ways. After-care is crucial, and it's expensive. That's where we can help.
Erich's transplant team have advised that he should have a large contingency fund in place which can be put towards these costs. The sums are enormous, so I'm setting up this fundraising campaign to make a contribution; please give what you can and spread the word. Erich is an amazing man. All donations will be transferred directly to Erich. If you have questions about this process or about the campaign, feel free to email me using the contact link on the campaign page.
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