Saturday, April 9, 2016

If I were still in B.C., I would be dead’: Canadian man saved by liver transplant in Hong Kong

National Post Canada | Nick England

A dying Okanagan man flew halfway around the world before discovering he’d already found his match in both liver and love in B.C.

In December, Mike Watson, 39, a father of three, suffered a sudden, massive internal hemorrhage that left him clinging for life at his home in Kaleden, a lakeside community 13 kilometres south of Penticton.

According to a report by the South China Morning Post, doctors in Vancouver told Watson he’d have to wait six months for a liver transplant — far too long, given his grim prognosis.

His hemorrhage had led to a serious kidney condition called hepatorenal syndrome, which can lead to death within three months.

Watson, his family and friends researched live liver transplants and found willing donors in B.C., but doctors here said a live donation would be too risky. So Watson looked overseas, where he found fortune with the Queen Mary Hospital in Hong Kong. Continue reading
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