I was wondering if anyone could explain to me what auto-immune hep is and how he may have gotten it and also whether it was contagious or not.
Welcome to the Forum RainingInMyHead,
I have not visited the forum for several weeks, after being quite a regular for over a year.
I have AIH. It occurs when the body rejects it's own liver. It is a problem with the autoimmune system; I believe some people, often a family connection, are predisposed to autoimmune diseases and if the conditions are right, the disease manifests itself. It does not have obvious symptoms until there is significant liver disease. I had cirrhosis by the time I was diagnosed in May 2005. Medication is keeping my AIH under control; fortunately I do not have the other complications your father is suffering from. AIH is NOT contagious.
I hope your father is able to be comfoprtable for the time he has left. My prayers are with you both.