Man donates part of liver to ailing Moorhead stepmom in rare transplant

INFORUM | ROBIN Heubner
FARGO—Until recently, 57-year-old Pam Moll of north Moorhead suffered with pain, extreme fatigue and brain fog due to non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver. Her husband Greg said for 10 years, she'd been dealing with the condition that scars and damages the liver.

Almost three years ago, she had to give up her job as a project analyst at US Bank, where she'd worked for 30 years, because of the symptoms.

But Pam now has the liver of a 25-year-old; stepson Jonny Moll's liver, to be exact. He gave up a large portion of his liver in a rare living donor transplant Jan. 30 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

"She's really got an engine in there that's going to last a long time," Greg Moll said about his wife of 18 years.

According to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, more than 30,000 organ transplants were performed in the U.S. in 2015.

Only 19 percent, or about 6,000 of those, were made possible by living donors. Of that total, just 359 were living donor liver transplants.

Even though Pam's symptoms were debilitating prior to the transplant, tests indicated her liver function wasn't bad enough for her to be on the deceased donor list, so live liver donation was the only option. Continue reading
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