John was diagnosed in high school with autoimmune hepatitis. The disease continued to progress until he was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) in 2013. At which point John's doctors told him he would need a liver transplant. There are not nearly enough livers from deceased donors; thus, John’s doctors advised him that the best course of action is to pursue a living donor liver transplant (LDLT). This procedure means that a donor donates roughly half of his liver, it is transplanted into the recipient, and the livers for both individuals will regenerate to 95% of their normal size within a matter of months. Thankfully, Bryan Lecy was a match and made the lifesaving decision to go through with the donation. The liver transplant is scheduled for December 7th, 2016 at the University of Minnesota. We are moved beyond words by the generous gift Bryan and his family have chosen to give to John.
We hope to use this as a place to update everyone in the coming weeks.