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December 15, 2016

Sharing Part of His Liver, Brother-in-Law Offers Something Greater: A Future

By Nate Gilbraith

Isaac Jackson’s life as a husband, father and partner in a law firm suddenly changed in 2014. He began feeling sick whenever he ate, so he went to visit his primary doctor and several specialists. An MRI of Isaac’s abdomen showed that the entire right side of his liver was no longer working and his bile ducts were almost completely blocked. After several tests and scans, Isaac was diagnosed with a form of bile duct cancer called hilar cholangiocarcinoma – and he needed a liver transplant. He was referred to Mayo Clinic, where doctors said it could take a year and half before he receives a new liver, but he didn’t have that much time. That meant his best chance for survival was a living-donor transplant. Many family and friends stepped forward to be tested – and it was his brother-in-law, Garrett, who turned out to be the perfect match. Isaac thanks his brother-in-law and the living-donor liver transplant for giving him his life back and encourages more people to become living donors.

 

 

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