Volo woman donates part of liver to save Lake Villa man's life

Chicago Tribune | Sheryl DeVore
Teresa Snyder of Buffalo Grove and her fiance, Chris Twardy of Lake Villa, who recently received a liver transplant. (Teresa Snyder)

Cindy Greisz did not know Chris Twardy before donating part of her liver to him to save the Lake Villa man's life.

But the moment Twardy's boss, Tom Dorsch, put out the word to some 500 of his customers that his employee needed a liver transplant, Greisz of Volo, made an appointment to get tested to see if she was a match. Dorsch is director of operations at On Target, an indoor shooting range in Crystal Lake where Greisz and her husband, Josh, are customers.

Josh said when he read the email he knew even though his wife and Twardy were strangers, she would immediately volunteer to help.

"It's who she is," he said.

The transplant took place Sept. 24 and was successful, with Cindy, 41, recuperating at home and Twardy, 49, improving daily at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, hoping to return home in about a week. Continue Reading

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