Liver transplant - turned down

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    Not me, it's my brother in Florida. Seems they turned him down for a liver transplant based on the stability of his situation at home, apparently weren't sure he could/would get his meds and care that he would need post-op. His wife can't drive, has her own medical problems and they have no family nearly. I live in Texas with my wife who is an invalid (stroke) that needs 24/7 care of her own, so I can't really pack up and move to Florida myself.

    So - anybody know anything about home care services? People that stop by once a day for a quick visit to make sure he takes his meds and checks his vital signs? He's on Medicaid and isn't working and neither is she (his wife) who has bone cancer of some kind. Tough situation for them. It's not like we're rich people that can afford to up and move them to Texas where I could care for everybody, or pay somebody else to do it.

    Anyone know of a forum online where they can go to talk to others who have been through the transplant process, and what the alternatives are for those who can't get a liver transplant? Maybe they can get some ideas for what to do now.
     
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    I would call the county health services where he lives. I bet they have contact info for what you need.
     
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    Sir, I am not sure this link that I am posting will be of any benefit at all... I just learned of this org. just a few days ago... If they can't help maybe they can point you in the proper direction...
    Thank you for your service.

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    Your brother should start taking milk thistle immediately.
     
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    So that's what them things are I just look at them silly every season..
     
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    That along with other supplements the liver can completely regenerate its self in time if there is 20% of viable liver tissue left.
     
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    Some liver damage can be repaired by the the creation of new liver cells. However, in cases of cirrhosis, where damaged liver cells have been replaced with scar tissue, those cells cannot be regenerated.

    Cirrhosis as a result of virus, bacteria, or alcohol abuse is almost never reversible and would require a transplant. However, most people with a history of alcohol or drug abuse can ineligible for donor livers.
     
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    Depends if the virus, bacteria, chemical (Tylenol and other drugs, contaminated water, etc), parasites or alcohol abuse is still ongoing. If the causation is removed and enough cells are present under the right conditions the liver can fully regenerate to be functional.


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    Liver transplants a thing of the past?...
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