LoHud The Journal News | Jane Lerner
"My mother is my best friend. I would give her my heart if she needed it." - Brian Clemente
When Brian Clemente gets married next month, he'll only have a tiny sip of champagne at his wedding reception.
That's because the math teacher at Felix Festa Middle School in Clarkstown is still recovering from surgery he underwent that saved his mother's life.
Clemente, 37, gave his mother, Pamela, a 71-year-old New City resident, 60 percent of his liver in a seven-hour operation in April.
He had never heard of a live liver donation, but now that he's done it he wants others to know that they too can save someone's life.
"It's the greatest thing you can do – the most selfless act you can think of," he said.
Unlike most organs, the liver is capable of regenerating. Clemente has been told that 80 percent of the part of his liver that had been removed has grown back. Continue reading