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Son-in-law Provides Second Chance at Life for Lima Native in Need of Transplant
Livingston County native John O’Grady had already endured decades of illness caused by liver disease when a call from his doctor drastically changed his future. An MRI scan showed liver cancer.
John was added to the transplant waiting list. The Solid Organ Transplant team also strongly suggested the 63-year-old consider finding a living donor. The option allows a recipient to undergo a transplant earlier.
Although all four of John’s adult children were willing to be tested, his son-in-law, Matthew Drake, spoke up.
“From my perspective, I was the best candidate,” Matt said. “My wife and I have two toddlers at home – then 3½ and 2 years old. As her husband, I didn’t want to see her go through surgery, with its potential risks, and be unavailable for the kids during her recovery. I wanted to take on the responsibility for everyone.”
Matt, 37, successfully donated a portion of his liver in August 2018, selflessly providing a second chance for John.