April 20, 2010
A Kansas man is recovering after a rare kind of liver transplant.
About three weeks ago, Richard Gross of Wichita received what's known as a "domino" transplant. In the procedures, an organ from a dead person is transplanted into a recipient patient. That person's organ is then given to another patient.
The transplants are rare. Fewer than 70 domino liver transplants have been done in the U.S.
Gross is a retired homebuilder with a rare and progressive disease in which his liver doesn't process a protein correctly. The only option was a transplant.
Other than its defect, Gross' liver was healthy and in someone else could work for 30 or 40 years before signs of the protein problem appears.