Man waiting for liver transplant has truck stolen from Metairie hotel

WDSU | Casey Ferrand

METAIRIE, La. - A California man in town waiting for a liver transplant said his truck was stolen from his hotel early Saturday morning.

The doctors could call any minute, but now he doesn't have a reliable way to get to the hospital if a transplant becomes available.

Aaron Benson drove 2,300 miles from Northern California to New Orleans to get the best treatment possible. He could be in the city for up to six months, but with no family in town and now no transportation, he's stranded and hopeful someone spots his truck or hears his story.

"If I'm not within 30 minutes of the hospital, they could say, 'No, you're too far out, we'll call somebody else,' and pass me up," Benson said.

Being passed up is his biggest fear, he said.

"It may be like a month or so. I would have to wait before they actually might have an organ," he said.

Benson left his wife and three daughters in California and is staying at the Renaissance Inn Hotel in Metairie until he gets more permanent housing. He said sometime Saturday morning his black Yukon SUV was stolen from the parking lot. Continue reading.