Idaho man dies 15 years after multiple-organ transplant

KSL |  Megan Marsden Christensen

BURLEY, Idaho — A father of five was given a maximum of three years to live following a record five-organ transplant. Instead, he lived nearly 15 years.

Michael Pollard was the 25th person in the world to be diagnosed with hollow visceral myopathy, a multi-organ disease, according to his daughter, Jenna Cox.

He underwent the transplants in 2001, which included his stomach, small intestine, duodenum, liver and pancreas. Just 80 people had received a transplant similar to Pollard's at that time. Cox said it is very rare that he lived that long.

Pollard died Monday evening due to kidney and lung failure.

The years he survived brought many exciting changes for his family that he otherwise would not have witnessed. Continue reading
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