Two Lancaster County men prepare for ‘living liver transplant’

WPMT FOX 43 | Felix Rodriquez Lima

STRASBURG, Pa. - Deciding whether to donate your organs is often a difficult and personal decision.

For Jason Erb, his calling to donate came from Victory Church, when another church member needed a liver transplant.

After plenty of prayer and soul-searching with his wife Deneen and three sons, Erb decided to go through the process.

"It's not everyday you get to save somebody's life," Jason says. "You don't have to be getting something in order to help somebody out."

Ron Gessner's life would be the life Erb saves. He contracted hepatitis C years ago, and although he took medicine that cured it, the disease did considerable damage to his liver, prompting a diagnosis of end-stage liver disease and the need for a liver transplant.

But rather than wait for a donated liver harvested from a deceased donor, which is the traditional method for a liver transplant, he sought out a living donor.

A dozen people came forward to get tested to see if they were a match. Jason was the match Ron needed. Continue reading


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