Donated liver saved man's life

Bill Padden stands with his wife at a candlelight vigil honoring organ donors at the new Lifeline of Ohio's memorial. Padden received a liver that saved his life 25 years ago. (Photo: Jessica Phelps/The Advocate)
CAMBRIDGE - A little more than 25 years ago, Bill Padden thought his life was over.

Padden, 60, who was working as the athletic director at Cambridge High School, had felt sick for months before one night he couldn't get out of his chair so he went to the hospital.

He found out he had congenital liver disease was put on the waiting list for a liver in October 1991 at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He wasn't staying in the hospital, so every time a liver came in, Padden would head to the hospital just in case. 

He was told he would need a transplant or he would most likely die."I went to Pittsburgh in 1991, in October, and the doctor asked when my birthday was," Padden said. "I told him it was in May and he said I might see that but never the Fourth of July."

Then, on Jan. 2, 1992, Padden received the call that saved his life.A 19-year-old had died in a motorcycle accident in New Orleans and Padden was told he needed to drive to Pittsburgh because he was the backup recipient if the liver wasn't compatible for the patient ahead of him on the list. Continue reading
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