Denny's Organ Donation Story
At 57 years old I passed out just walking around the lake. I started to throw up
pure blood uncontrollably. I was rushed to the hospital and told I had what is called
a GI bleed. Oh my God, what does this mean, everything now is in the hands of the
Doctors at the University of Minnesota.
I have been healthy all my life and now I am in shock. Then I was told you are going
on the liver transplant list and you will be monitored. You have to get sicker in
order to move up on the List. The list, wow that really takes on a life of its own.
You have what is called a meld score, mine stayed at around 15. In order to get
a liver your score would have to be around 35. At 35 you are almost dead and I was
not thinking that way. The thought of a liver transplant is scary to say the least,
but the waiting is horrible.
I was told if a relative would be willing to donate 60% of their liver I could have
a live liver transplant. In a live transplant the donor gives 60% of his liver to
the recipient and both organs regenerate. This information amazed me. Wow, what
So enter Mathew Keiser the oldest son of my Sister Megan. Megan had passed away
from cancer when Mathew was 10 years old. We had gone through that together and
it was a terrible loss to everyone. When I asked Mathew if he would donate, he
said yes. My mother would have wanted me to do this, and my uncle Denny was there
for her as she battled cancer. How blessed am I to have this young man in my life!