Dying Mississauga man holding out hope someone will save him

Mississauga's Arch Walsh has terminal N.A.S.H. Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis and will only survive less than 6 months without a liver transplant and he's making an appeal to the public for help. May 31, 2017. - Bryon Johnson/Metroland
Arch Walsh is hoping someone somewhere will step forward and save his life.

Things were clipping along happily for Walsh, a retired father of four, for many years. However, he got some devastating news in January 2016 — he had Stage 4 nonalcoholic steatohepatitis that resulted in cirrhosis of his liver.

The doctors told Walsh to start getting his affairs in order as his condition was terminal. It came as a complete shock to Walsh, who said he’s always been fit as a fiddle and comes from a family whose members routinely live into their 90s.

“I’ve always been in good shape and healthy that’s why I was so surprised things could go wrong so fast,” he said.

Walsh had his name added to several organ donor registries. But, with about 230 people in Ontario waiting for a liver donation through the Trillium Gift of Life Network and, according to Walsh, around 1,500 on the national registry, his hope became tempered by reality. He’s also been told that about a third of patients on the list will die waiting for a donor. Continue reading

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