Leetsdale man recovering from double transplant surgery

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE - REVIEW | Madelyn Dinnerstein

Brent Lauffer, 38, stands for a photo inside his Leetsdale home Thursday, March 9, 2017. Lauffer recently was released from the Cleveland Clinic Transplant Center and is now at home recovering after a liver and kidney transplant in January. Photo: Kristina Serafini

Along with his new liver and new kidney, Brent Lauffer has a new appetite.

The Leetsdale man said he is enjoying the opportunity to sit down to a meal of spaghetti with sauce and garlic bread as he moves toward a normal life now that transplants have given him a disease-free liver and a properly working kidney.

He received his liver Jan. 20 and his kidney Jan. 21 at the Cleveland Clinic.

The organs came from the same donor, but because his potassium level increased, doctors had to close him up after the liver surgery, wait 12 hours for the issue to resolve and then reopen him for the kidney transplant, Lauffer said.

He said he had been moving up in priority for transplants as his health worsened, and the few days before he got the call to head to the Cleveland Clinic, he felt the sickest he ever had.

He knew he was getting closer to the top of the list but didn't expect to be called for the transplants quite as soon as he was, he said. Continue reading

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