He needs an angel

Rick needs an angel. According to page A34 of today’s Province newspaper, he’s looking for a good Samaritan to donate a section of liver so he can live a longer and healthier life. Although the procedure is serious, the donor’s liver regenerates leaving a small scar and a big heart. And Rick gets to live a normal and happy life. Sounds like a no-brainer to me and I’d be first in line if, due to my own issues, I was a suitable candidate.

Drop Rick an email at the address below if you can help. The following is the text of Rick’s newspaper plea:

I was recently diagnosed with a very rare cancer that affects only 1 in 300,000 people. And I don’t have very many options available to me. In fact, I only have one…I need to undergo a liver transplant within the next 2-3 months.
Under the Canadian Medical Transplant guidelines, most cancer patients may have to wait up to 2 years. Sadly, I would not be able to sustain that long. However, if I can provide the surgeons with a live donor, I can undergo the transplant sooner than later. And this is what myself and my family live in hope of.

Essentially, a live donor is a willing candidate that would donate a portion, or lobe, of their liver. Although this is a serious procedure, the outcome for the donor is that they would typically recover within 3-4 weeks and their liver will regenerate or grow back to its normal size in as little as 6 weeks after the operation. As a result, I would be given a second lease on life.

I am hoping that a healthy adult between the ages of 18-60 with type O blood is going to volunteer for this life-saving surgery. It is against the law for me to offer anyone money for this procedure. I ask at the mercy of all, that there’s an angel out there with a heart of gold.

Serious candidates can get more information at the following email address: bericksangel@gmail.com

Good luck Rick, and let us know how it goes.

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