The Toronto Star | Paul Gallant
Photo: Stacy Jones was 10 years old when he became the fifth child at SickKids to undergo a liver transplant 25 years ago. He was profiled in the first Toronto Star Special Section on SickKids. He is now 35 and living in Owen Sound. Credit: Richard Lauten
Stacy Jones doesn’t remember if he was scared or calm when he headed into surgery for a liver transplant at the age of 10. What he does remember is what he told the doctors and nurses.
“A liver had finally come in and it was going to be mine. I remember saying to them, ‘Let’s rock ’n’ roll,’ ” recalls Jones.
Now 35 and living in Owen Sound, where he was born and raised, the grocery store service clerk says it’s surreal to think back on that defining event of his life.
When Jones was diagnosed with hepatitis C in late 1986, his liver was already in bad shape.
He was admitted to Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children in January 1987, where he waited about 3-1/2 months for a liver, forcing the cancellation of a family trip to Disneyland. With his time running out, a liver finally arrived after a young boy was killed in a car accident.
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