Danny Baine faces death without liver transplant

The Friday Flyer | Donna Ritchie

Danny Baine, a Canyon Lake resident and father of three children, has been told by his doctors that he will die without a liver transplant. Danny was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis in 2009, shortly after moving to Canyon Lake.

The Mayo Clinic describes Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis as a disease of the bile ducts, which carry the digestive liquid bile from one's liver to the small intestine. In Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, inflammation causes scars within the bile ducts. These scars make the ducts hard and narrow and gradually cause serious liver damage.

It's not clear what causes Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis. An immune system reaction to an infection or toxin may trigger the disease in people who are genetically predisposed to it. In most people with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, the disease progresses slowly and can lead to liver failure, repeated infections, and tumors of the bile duct or liver. The only known cure is a liver transplant

Danny's wife, Jen, says that they discovered his disease one morning back in 2009 when Danny's skin turned yellow. "I made a comment to him about his skin looking yellow. Later that day a few of his co-workers also made comments to him about his skin looking yellow. That was our first sign that something was wrong with Danny," says Jen. Continue reading