Photo: Former Oshawa hospital patient shares liver transplant story.OSHAWA -- George Henderson received a liver transplant on July 2, 2006. Andrea Lawson, a registered nurse at Lakeridge Health Oshawa, was one of Mr. Henderson's care providers while he was awaiting the transplant. Lakeridge Health is partnering with Trillium Gift of Life Network to help connect families with the organ and tissue transplant agency and the opportunity to donate. May 15, 2012. Ryan Pfeiffer / Metroland
But that wasn't the case six years ago when the Owen Sound man was being treated at Lakeridge Health Oshawa for a genetic autoimmune deficiency that caused his liver to fail.
Mr. Henderson is sharing his story to help Lakeridge Health's organ donor registration drive. Though the hospital is not a designated transplant centre, it is a donation centre and treats patients who are waiting for transplants.
Mr. Henderson was on the waiting list for a year.
His daughter Lori-Ann Gervais was a registered nurse at Oshawa hospital at the time and now she's a patient care specialist. She recalls watching her father deteriorate from a healthy man in his 50s to someone who required a three-month stay at the Oshawa hospital where he received daily treatments.