Chicago Reader media critic Michael Miner seeks a liver donor

Longtime Chicago Reader media critic Michael Miner has liver disease and needs a transplant.miner “The doctors have made it clear to us that he will need a Living Donor because his name will never come up on the National Liver Donor list in time,” his wife writes. “All the Donor’s expenses for the operation in which part of the Living Donor’s liver is transferred to Michael are paid for by insurance.”

The donor must be under 55 and have Type O blood.

More information is after the jump.

Dear Friends and Family,

I am writing to you on behalf of my husband, Michael Miner. He has liver disease and it has progressed to the point that he needs to have a liver transplant. He has been approved by the Liver Transplant Team at Northwestern Hospital here in Chicago, but the doctors have made it clear to us that he will need a Living Donor because his name will never come up on the National Liver Donor list in time.

The minimum qualifications to be a Liver Donor for Michael are that you must be under 55 years old and have Type O blood. All the Donor’s expenses for the operation in which part of the Living Donor’s liver is transferred to Michael are paid for by insurance. Luckily the liver is a regenerating organ so the Living Donor’s liver would be restored to its previous size in a few months. Of course this is a major operation for both the Donor and Michael.

If you and anyone you know might be interested in being a Living Donor for Michael, you may contact the Liver Transplant Donor Advocate at NW Hospital and they will answer all your questions. The phone number is 312-695-0828. Ask for Laurie Clark, Liver Donor Advocate’s office. Please forward this e-mail to others who may be interested in being a Liver Donor for Michael.

Thank you.
Betsy Nore


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