Doug Stewart

"Organ donation has affected me and my family in so many ways. First of all, I have had 2 liver transplants, 2000 and 2002. I was a basically healthy 36 year old man, married with 4 kids, 13, 12, 8 and 6. January of 2002, I had a blood test taken to upgrade my life insurance and liver enzyme tests came back through the roof. After a battery of further testing, biopsies, and eventually a hepatic coma, I was put on the list.

December 3rd, 2000 I received my first transplant. Everything was going good and life was starting to get back to normal. 6 months later it all came crashing down. Spent the next 6 months in and out of the hospital until finally I was admitted on March 14th for what seemed to be for the last time. I got to the point where I could not walk and was told I never would again.

Medicines that were meant to save the failing liver killed the nerves in my hands and feet and my health was also failing. Being told I was too sick for another transplant, I figured this was my final destination. April 10th, 2002, doctors came into my room and told me they were on their way to get a liver and it was decided that they would take a chance and let me have the transplant even though some doctors were against it. I had a wife and 4 kids, and I thought I wasn’t going to be around to watch them grow up.

April 11th, 2002, I received my 2nd transplant. After lots of ups and downs, and intensive physical therapy, I walked out of the hospital on June 6th, my daughter’s birthday, with a walker, but I was walking!

14 years later, I have gotten to celebrate my 50th birthday, 25th wedding anniversary, and watch my kids all grow in to amazing adults, and even get to be grandparents in August, all because someone marked yes to be an organ donor. A debt I know I’ll never be able to repay."

-- Liver Recipient, Doug Stewart

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