SF Gay Men’s Chorus Member Preps For Life-Saving Organ Donation


Ross Woodall (left) and David Andrade. (CBS)
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — A member of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus is ready to make a life-saving donation, giving half his liver to the choir member he replaced, even though he never knew him.

Liver transplant patient Ross Woodall has waited almost a decade for this moment.

“8 years, 8 long years having to keep my phone with me 24/7 hoping for a call,” said Woodall.

That wait ends Friday as Dave Andrade prepares to donate half his liver to save Woodall’s life.

“It’s gonna hurt, but we both know that,” said Woodall.

“Life from here on out is going to be different,” admitted Andrade.

The invasive, painful surgery will have both men adjusting their diets and physical capabilities for the next six months.

“The painful transition from bed to chair to walking around slowly but surely,” said Andrade. “It’s not necessarily the removal of the liver that’s so dramatic; it’s that they have to cut through the abdominal wall to get to it” Continue reading