By creator to www.westernmassnews.com
CHICOPEE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) — A retired Springfield instructor dwelling in Chicopee wants a liver transplant and she or he and her household are calling on the neighborhood for assist.
“I would like this new liver and I would like it quickly,” mentioned Kathy Balakier.
Balakier, a longtime Chicopee resident, is struggling liver failure.
Sixth months in the past, medical doctors informed her it was time to get on the donor listing.
“I obtained to some extent this summer time that it was failing, so I wanted to go on a listing or I wanted to discover a dwelling donor and that is what I am looking for proper now,” Balakier added.
When in good well being, Balakier was very concerned locally. She was a Springfield instructor for over 30 years and took part within the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade, amongst different occasions.
She is now calling on the neighborhood for assist because the search is on for a liver donor.
“An individual must be between the ages of 18 and 60, in good well being, blood kind O,” Balakier famous.
Her daughter, Meghan Balakier, informed Western Mass Information the household is working with Lahey Hospital outdoors of Boston to search out the right match.
“They take about 50 % of a donor’s liver and put it into the recipient after which inside about six weeks, it grows again to a full measurement…It’s laparoscopic surgical procedure. It will not be a giant scar. It will likely be an inconvenience for a short time, however it’ll give my mother a brand new life,” Meghan Balakier defined.
Meghan mentioned seeing her mom’s well being decline over the previous few months has been actually exhausting.
The household is hopeful a liver transplant will give them their mother and spouse again.
“I’ve identified my spouse for a very long time. This yr might be 35 years since we’ve got been married,” mentioned Kathy’s husband, George
Kathy added, “I may put the wheelchair walker away and begin to stroll alone, assume higher, have a brand new lease on life with my household
Kathy hopes to endure this process earlier than time shouldn’t be on her facet.
“With the love of God, we’ll discover that individual. It is simply…I hope we discover that individual earlier than issues proceed to progress,” Kathy Balakier mentioned.