Massachusetts doctors gamble on liver infected with hepatitis C to save 26-year-old man


Ben Blake received a liver infected with Hepatitis C. (Fox 25)
A team of Massachusetts General Hospital doctors are monitoring a 26-year-old man who recently underwent an experimental surgery to receive a potentially life-saving organ infected with hepatitis C.

Hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease that varies in severity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is primarly spread through contact with the blood of and infected person, and can either be categorized as acute or chronic. An estimated 2.7 to 3.9 million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis C.

Ben Blake underwent his first liver transplant at just 7 months old, and has spent the better part of his adult life in and out of hospitals for various illnesses, Fox 25 reported.

“A normal kid’s like ‘Oh after practice I’m going to go play with my friends,’ and I’m like ‘I’m going to go home and go to the hospital,’” Blake told Fox 25. “So I just – I don’t know it became a part of my life I guess.” Continue reading