Sunday, August 16, 2015

Cypress Ridge coaches return for 2015 season after liver transplant

Cypress Creek Mirror

Less than five months after a liver transplant surgery that helped preserve Cypress Ridge High School Coach John McWilliams’ (left) life, both he and Coach Matt Beeler are back on the practice field and ready for the 2015 season.

Nearly five months after a liver transplant from a fellow coach helped preserve his life, Cypress Ridge High School football coach John McWilliams returned to the room where his unique road to recovery began.

"This is where I was, that Monday before Thanksgiving," recalls McWilliams, surveying the coaches’ room, "when I asked if anyone would like to donate a portion of their liver to me."

Coach Matthew Beeler, who had matching O blood, was the one to answer the call for McWilliams, who suffers from familial transthyretin amyloidosis. The pair traveled to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., in March, where Beeler donated 63 percent of his liver so McWilliams could halt the life-threatening buildup of abnormal protein deposits.Coach Matthew Beeler, who had matching O blood, was the one to answer the call for McWilliams, who suffers from familial transthyretin amyloidosis. The pair traveled to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., in March, where Beeler donated 63 percent of his liver so McWilliams could halt the life-threatening buildup of abnormal protein deposits. Continue reading

 

 

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