I am partner to a man who had a liver transplant 2 years ago. He was 63 when he was transplanted. He has had some problems after transplant, but he would not be alive this day without it.
He did not have ascites, he had the fluid retention in his legs...from feet up to thighs. And many of the same symptoms as your father. He had brown urine, yellow eyes, very confused and often angry, could not eat much, slept much of the time, was in hospital many many times, had kidney problems, etc etc.
Like Connie, he had a tumor in his liver from the Hep C. He hopes he will not get another tumor, but they check him often.
They had him on many medicines...for the swelling legs, for the confusion, for high blood pressure, etc. This worked pretty well for some time. Then he got so ill, he would have died without the transplant.
We have several wives who post whose husbands have died without transplant...for several reasons....no liver donor in time for them, they did not want a transplant, they had other medical conditions that the doctors did not think they would live through transplant. If a cancerous liver tumor is larger than 5 cm, the patient is not eligible for transplant.
Liver disease is a terminal diagnosis without transplant. I am sorry to say this. But it is true. The timing is not clear, but your father seems very sick.
Some hospitals use donor livers from those who have injury but have good organs. Some also use a partial liver from a live-matching donor, often a relative with the same blood type. Is there someone in your family that could be a donor?
But this all depends on whether his health is too far deteriorated.
Please come back to our forum and let us know how he is doing...even if he doesn't make it....we are here for you and your feelings.
MamaLama from Florida USA
Post Edited By Moderator (hep93) : 5/19/2013 9:28:23 PM (GMT-6)