Imagine learning that you need a new liver, then having to face the difficult reality that it could be years before you can get one through the transplant list.
According to a recent news report by WJAC Channel 6, a Pennsylvania man named Doug Fregly is currently seeking a live liver donor, and we wanted to help spread the word.
Fregly posted a message on his Facebook page back in February, informing his friends and family that he is in need of a liver transplant. But unfortunately, according to Fregley, he is extremely low on the transplant list.
According to the post, Fregly's doctor advised him to start the search for a live liver donor.
According to the report by WJAC Channel 6, Fregley learned of his condition in 2017 after undergoing gall bladder surgery. At that time, he was diagnosed with stage 4 liver disease. He has been on the transplant list now for over a year.
However, it could be at least another year or two before Fregley may be able to receive a liver.
If Fregley cannot find a live donor soon, his condition will likely worsen and could result in cancer. In that case, Fregley would need to undergo cancer treatment before he could receive a new liver. So, time is of the essence.
According to the post on Fregly's Facebook page, an appropriate donor must be between 18 and 55 years old with Type A or O blood.
You can learn more about the benefits and risks of becoming a living donor for a liver transplant here on UPMC's website. According to the UPMC site, living donations account for almost 6,000 organ donations each year and help to save many lives.
If you or anyone you know is interested in helping Doug Fregley with a life-saving liver donation, please get in touch with Doug Fregley directly through his Facebook page.
Even if you cannot personally help, sharing this story with friends, family, or on social media will help get the word out and increase the chances of Doug Fregly finding a donor.