New pancreas, liver, kidney, stomach, intestines
Kendallville, Ind. (WANE) - A Kendallville, Ind. man knows all about beating the odds. He has been doing just that since he was three years old. Now at the age of 33, Josh Lash is recovering from a multi-visceral transplant. About 8 weeks ago he received a new pancreas, liver, kidney, stomach, and intestines.
He began having trouble with his organs a few years ago. He was diagnosed with gastro paresis, a side effect from the pancreatic and liver cancers he had before he was 5-years-old. In the years that followed, Lash had multiple surgeries to remove his gall bladder, spleen and at the age of 11 he was diagnosed with diabetes.
Unfortunately, since then Lash has lost his vision in his right eye, partial vision in his left eye, and his right leg due to complications from the diabetes. So when, doctors told him his organs were shutting down, he didn’t think a person could even have that many transplants.