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Lou had back surgery in 1981 requiring several blood transfusions, one of which had Hepatitis B. This was before the medical community or the world knew about HIV and Hepatitis transmission through blood. But from that point on it infected him and went undetected for 35 years. Basically, as the body ages it's immune system gets a bit weaker. In April, 2016 Lou's Hepatitis made itself known, resulting in end stage liver failure, liver transplantation, 4 months in the ICU and counting, several serious infections, and hopefully a near-future kidney transplant. Our current goal is for Lou to get his kidney transplant and be discharged before his birthday, 2/27/2017, 8 months to the date after his admission.
Did you know that you can help prevent this from happening to someone else? If you know of a general medical doctor (and everybody should know at least one - the one you visit for your own well checks!) please tell his story. When a Dr. reviews a patient's medical history and sees a surgery from the 80s or 90s requiring a blood transfusion he or she can and should order a very simple blood test called a Hepatitis panel. Hepatitis can be treated with medication - but first it must be diagnosed.