Galion grad recovering after 5-organ transplant

MARION STAR | Zach Tuttle
Nathan Pensinger
GALION - Nathan Pensinger remained in a medically induced coma Friday after having five organs transplanted, according to his father, Scott Pensinger.

Doctors suspect it will be a few more days before it's safe to wake him up.

The 31-year-old Galion graduate has suffered his entire life from portal hypertension. It's a rare condition, and Nathan is the first in the family to experience it

After about 30 surgeries throughout his life, doctors realized it was time Nathan be given a new stomach, liver, pancreas, small bowel and large bowel.

The call that a donor had been found came about 5 a.m. Tuesday, said Scott Pensinger, who is a senior master sergeant in the 179th Airlift Wing at Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base.

"We got our stuff together," Scott said. "Some us already had ready-to-go bags packed."

Nathan was living in North Carolina when the call came. He rushed to Georgetown University Hospital near Alexandria, Virginia. With family gathered, doctors put him under at about 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. Continue reading
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