Liver Transplant First Of Its Kind In Kansas

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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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.

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