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Transplant Type: Liver
UPDATE: We're thrilled to report that Gino received a liver transplant on September 21, 2017!
Gino Duran is awaiting a new lease on life. Three weeks before he graduated from Georgetown University Law School, he was diagnosed with early stage cirrhosis, despite no family history of liver disease. By January 2017, just eight months later, Gino had chronic cirrhosis. Now doctors say a liver transplant is critical to his survival.
During this difficult time, Gino is grateful for the love and support of his family, who has rallied to his side. His illness has been emotionally tough on his family, especially as they watch Gino’s health steadily decline. Up until recently, he had been working as a law clerk for the county prosecutor, having put off taking the bar exam due to his declining health. Gino is dedicated to a life of public service; before he attended law school, he spent 12 years as a police officer. After his transplant, he intends to become a career prosecutor; however, he’s been unable to work as of late, adding to the financial strain on both him and his family.
Gino has a passion for life. He enjoys cooking meals and entertaining family and friends. An avid traveler, Gino loves experiencing new cuisine and enjoying local sporting and cultural events in new cities in the US and abroad. A proud graduate of the University of Arizona, he enjoys following his beloved Wildcats. Unfortunately, he has not been able to enjoy these pastimes since his diagnosis. More than anything, Gino looks forward to regaining his health, returning to public service, and enjoying life with family and friends. But, right now, he needs your help.
The average liver transplant costs about $740,000. And that’s only the beginning. Even with insurance, which will cover a portion of the transplant costs, he still faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they’re as critical to his survival as the transplant itself,
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Gino. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Arizona Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write "in honor of Gino Duran” on the memo line
Also, a special thank you to my brothers and sisters at the MCSO: Your support for me has been truly overwhelming and has helped restore my courage.
"In valor there is hope." -Tacitus
IMPORTANT UPDATE: On Thursday, September 21, 2017, a proper donor was found for me and at approximately 9pm that night I received my liver transplant! I awoke this morning from the anesthesia and began a rapid hospital recovery - within hours my breathing tube was removed, I could speak clearly, drink fluids, and was taken out of the ICU into a more standard hospital room. The surgeon says that if I continue to improve at this rate I could be allowed to go home by Monday or Tuesday! Let's pray I don't encounter any unexpected setbacks! My deepest and most heartfelt thanks to all of those who helped me reach this milestone. I am living proof that because of the selflessness of organ donors, of organizations like the NFT, and people like you, wishes can be granted and miracles can be made.
Unfortunately my full recovery will still require weeks of bed rest and the taking of anti rejection medicines, some for the rest of my life...and I am already running into problems getting my first doses due to temporary problem with my insurance company. The second phase of recovery will be quite a financial burden. In that light I would again ask my kind donors and friends, and any anyone who visits here, to continue to spread my story, and the story of so many patients and families like mine. I promise to do the same in fellowship!
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