Today’s urgent message comes to us from the family of Ann Scanlan, a lovely lady whom many of you know. We have such a caring community here in Auburn, and I’m sure Ann’s special donor will come forward to help. Modern medicine is truly amazing. You can now save a life by donating a small portion of your own liver, which will grow back in a matter of weeks.

In late June 2013, Ann and several family members started the summer with a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. During the trip, it became apparent that she wasn’t feeling well as she struggled to keep up with her grandchildren. Being the trooper that she is, Ann figured that she could push through the week and see her doctor after the trip. As it turned out her ailment was rather serious in nature. She had an infected gall bladder that was removed in August. After clearing the infection, a damaged liver was observed by the surgeon. The diagnosis by the hepatologist was “autoimmune hepatitis.” This issue forced doctors to closely monitor her liver. On Sept. 29, 2017, doctors discovered the first of what turned out to be two malignant tumors on Ann’s liver. This led to hepatocellular carcinoma that was treated immediately with Y90 radioembolization. This treatment was effective; however, it is not a cure. Ann’s medical team at the University of Rochester Medical Center at Strong Memorial Hospital feel that her best option for a cure is a liver transplant. Specifically, they recommend a living donor liver transplant, which can be done as soon as we can secure a donor. This is what leads us to this platform. Ann’s four adult children have all been tested and, unfortunately, do NOT possess the same (compatible) blood type; therefore, they cannot be considered as a donor. Now, we turn to our friends in the community to humbly ask those that may be able (criteria below) to consider being a living donor and give the gift of life to Ann.

The best option for her quality of life is to have a liver transplant. She is currently on the national transplant waiting list, but with over 16,000 people on the list and only 4,500 deceased donors on average annually, there is a critical shortage of organs. With the shortage of available organs, the BEST option is finding a suitable donor for LDLT. Criteria for suitable donors begins with the following:

• Between 18 and 55 years old;

• O blood type (Rh factor does NOT matter);

• No major medical problems like cancer, heart disease or diabetes;

• Be physically fit and in general good health and healthy body weight;

• Compatible frame (around the same height or taller than recipient).

Throughout the past year we have met several times with the most proficient medical staff that specializes in this field and have complete confidence in the direction the team at Strong is taking our family.

We are opening this conversation to our community because we have an urgency to find a living donor for liver transplant. The liver of the potential donor regenerates within weeks, which is an amazing opportunity to give the gift of life to Ann. To learn more, please don't hesitate to reach out to anyone of us. We will answer any questions — sons Brian Scanlan at (315) 729-3355 or Brendan Scanlan (315) 730-5125 — and/or put you in contact with our medical team via our LDLT coordinator at Strong. By calling the coordinator at (585) 275-5875 directly, your information and call will be kept confidential. This is completely voluntary and you may opt out of the process at any time. We have watched our community of family and friends come together when we need it most. Please don't hesitate — we need help from someone out there and you may potentially be a match for our mother. Thank you in advance and have faith! From the family of Ann and John Scanlan

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Ormie King's column appears Sundays in The Citizen and he can be reached by email at ormie5king@gmail.com.