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Yi Jia, IU masters pupil from China, urgently wants a portion of a residing donor’s liver to deal with his stage 4 colon most cancers, which unfold to his liver.
Jia’s spouse Shiqiao Wang stated Jia was identified October 2020, after she introduced him into the emergency room for a fever and belly ache. The signs have been brought on by a most cancers tumor that unfold to his liver and is unremovable, she stated. Jia has undergone chemotherapy to manage the unfold of most cancers cells to his different organs, Wang stated.
Wang stated Jia is left with only one alternative to outlive: a residing donor with an A or O blood sort to donate a part of their wholesome liver to exchange Jia’s liver.
“That is the one probability to be cured of his horrible illness, however his window is closing,” Wang stated.
Wang stated Jia’s docs advised them chemotherapy can solely forestall the unfold of Jia’s most cancers for 9 months. Jia is seven months into chemotherapy, leaving solely six weeks to get a transplant.
Wang stated Jia was chosen as a candidate for liver transplant in early September.
“Earlier than that, there was no hope,” Jia stated. “It was only a matter of time, however after they introduced this plan, we really feel like there’s swiftly a hope to be cured fully.”
If he receives a donor, Jia’s transplant could be carried out at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. In line with the hospital, the operation poses some danger to the donor. The liver can regenerate, so each events normally have totally functioning livers after a profitable transplant. Donors’ livers sometimes develop again to regular measurement inside six to eight weeks of surgical procedure, in line with John Hopkins Medicine.
The hospital has a 100% survival charge for residing liver donors, in line with its web site. Donors have to be 18 to 55-years-old in good well being and have a suitable blood sort to the recipient.
Jia stated his prognosis is the worst factor that might have occurred after he got here to IU from China with Wang in 2019. Jia stated he left his job in China to pursue a masters diploma in schooling, so he can enhance instructional alternatives for underprivileged kids.
Jia stated he’s most involved not about himself however for his household.
“Once I was identified with this illness, I feel I attempted to manage my feelings for Shiqiao, my spouse, and for my household,” Jia stated. “I am the one youngster of my household, so it is actually dangerous information for them.”
David Rutkowski, an IU College of Training professor who works intently with Jia, stated he not too long ago came upon about his state of affairs and helps to share his request.
“Yi’s simply one of many sweetest, gentlest, kindest individuals,” Rutkowski stated. “He all the time has the most important smile.”
IU can dwell as much as its values by serving to Jia’s trigger, Rutkowski stated, and the IU group ought to make a dedication to supporting worldwide college students in occasions similar to these.
Rutkowski stated he’s hopeful Jia will obtain a liver transplant. He stated if Jia does, he’ll make the world a greater place due to it.
“He simply wants one match,” he stated. “It could actually occur. Somebody might do it.”
These inquisitive about donating can contact Vicki Garcia, NMH donor transplant coordinator, at 312-695-0340 or go to www.nm.org/livertransplantation.
For extra data or to share Jia’s request go to www.liverforyi.com, @liverforyi on Fb or @findaliverforyi on Instagram.
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