An urgent appeal has been launched in Toronto’s Caribbean community for a liver donor for 63-year old Rasheeda De Franca , now a patient at the Toronto General hospital.
Trinidad-born De Franca who has been living in Scarborough for 40 years, was first diagnosed with a liver problem about five years ago.
But according to her daughter, Diana, the problem is now critical and her mother’s life is in danger.
” We were told by a liver specialist that my mother needs a transplant and I immediately volunteered,” said Diana De Franca.
” I was tested right away but it turned out that I am not a suitable candidate ,” she said.
“The prospective donor must be of B+ blood type and would have to do a series of medical tests to ensure that that person is the right match,”
(Liver transplantation has become a well-recognized treatment option for people with liver failure. In Canada, over 400 such operations are performed every year.)
Diana De Franca said that she was told that many people in the Caribbean community may be ” of the right blood type and suitable donors.”
” So I have made appeals on radio and television and I have put up flyers in West Indian shops and restaurants, requesting a donor .”
She explained that the prospective donor “would not be losing an entire liver. Only part of the organ will be surgically removed and much of that person’s liver will regenerate itself.”
A person who is willing to be a donor can contact Diana De Franca directly at LiverDonorNeeded@gmail.com . or www.uhn.ca/Transplant/Living_Donor_Program/Pages/living_liver_donor.aspx .