IamA 22 year old male who received a living donor liver transplant from my best friend 3 weeks ago and am spending Christmas in the hospital. AMA!
Earlier this year, through routine blood tests by my endocrinologist (I'm type 1 diabetic) I found out that my liver was not functioning properly.
Fast forward a few months later after multiple tests and doctor visits, I have cirrhosis of the liver as well as liver cancer. The docs still aren't sure what caused it, but it was obvious I needed a transplant and there were 2 options. Find a living donor or wait on the UNOS list until a liver becomes available for me (which can take years).
So I set out to find a living donor, and after a few months of searching I finally got a match, my best friend since grade school.
The surgery was now 3 weeks ago and I'm still in the hospital fighting my body against rejection of my new liver. The docs say this is common in younger people because their immune systems are stronger and my body is trying to get rid of this 'foreign object'.
Im taking massive doses of steroids and immunosuppressants to get my body to accept the new organ but it's a long process. Been at it for 3 weeks now and while my body is coming around, I'll probably be here another week or so.
Keep me company! Ask me anything!
ICU after surgery: http://imgur.com/gallery/rkbIodF
Awake and alert: http://imgur.com/gallery/by84UcX
My Scar: http://imgur.com/gallery/plFlb7b
Staples are out! http://imgur.com/gallery/Y75b7Af
For those asking what I'm gonna to when i get out, I'm gonna take a nap in my own bed then play some video games! I'm not very good but if you want to play xbox feel free to add me, my gamertag is: Skinver.
For more info about organ donation, visit this link: https://www.organdonor.gov/register.html If you're specifically interested in living donation, click here: https://www.organdonor.gov/about/process/living-donation.html
Thank you guys so much for keeping me occupied and entertained, its been amazing talking with all y'all. Great news! DOCS HAVE WRITTEN DISCHARGE ORDERS!!!
❤!MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!❤
Here's a pic of me and my donor: http://imgur.com/gallery/Brer7w1
Last update: Arriving at grandmas! http://imgur.com/gallery/uM9G0hg