• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Liver transplant gives Richard new hope, twice

February 26, 2017

Richard Parker in car with his dogThere is no doubt in Richard Parker’s mind that he’s been given not one, but two new leases on life because of Mayo Clinic.

Richard underwent a liver transplant in 2007 at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus. For years after that, all was well. But then, in 2016, his transplanted liver failed, and he turned to Mayo Clinic once again. A second transplant now has him back on his feet and extremely grateful to his donors and his care team.

An agonizing wait

Richard’s path to his liver transplants began in Maine. He lived there with his wife, Ida, and worked on a lobster boat diving for sea urchins. In 2003, Richard started experiencing problems related to hepatitis C. Although the drug interferon can get rid of the virus in some cases, the medication did little to stop the advancement of the disease in Richard.

Through the years, the virus wreaked havoc on Richard’s liver. With a transplant as his best treatment option, he was placed by his physicians in Boston on the national organ donation waiting list maintained by the nonprofit United Network for Organ SharingRead the rest of Richard's story.

This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.