Global News Ca | Christina Stevens
|A Toronto man who was waiting for a liver transplant has received the lifesaving procedure. But his cousin, a potential donor, was prevented from entering Canada, and the transplant came from another source. Christina Stevens reports.|
TORONTO — A Toronto man has an excellent prognosis after receiving a life saving liver transplant, but it was not the transplant his family expected.
Diego Menendez’ cousin, who was hoping to donate part of his liver, was prevented from entering Canada by Canada Border Service Agency officers earlier this month.
Menendez was on the liver transplant waitlist for two years. The lifesaving call that a suitable cadaveric liver was available finally came on Friday.
“I was screaming, I was really happy. We just hugged each other and then we started calling family,” said Diego’s sister Lorena Mendendez.
After an eight hour surgery, Diego has started on the road to recovery. Continue reading