My name is Darrel Neil Hotz.
I am a father, husband and lawyer.
I live in Toronto, cheer for the the FC’s, the Jays, the Leafs and the Raptors (in no particular order) and enjoy everything that our dynamic, multi-cultural city has to offer.
I was diagnosed with NAFLD (Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease) in October 2010. Now, I suffer from NASH (Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis), which is a liver inflammation, caused by a buildup of fat in the liver, which causes scarring and cirrhosis.
I have never smoked, nor have I ever drunk excessive amounts of alcohol.
I do not use recreational drugs and I strive to follow a healthy lifestyle – BUT this disease causes many, many complications and my quality of life has suffered.
I need a new liver – without this, I will die.
In Ontario, close to 300 individuals are on the liver transplant list. Overall, including all organs, over 1,600 individuals are on a waiting list in our Province.
Each year, hundreds of Canadians will die while waiting for an organ transplant.
At Toronto General Hospital, over 800 living liver donations have been performed since 1990. To date, there have been no donor deaths, nor have any donors experienced a disabling, long-term complication.
A LDLT (Living Donor Living Transplantation) provides the recipient with a high quality organ whereas approximately 35% of deceased donor organs may be less than perfect due to advanced donor age, mild to moderate liver abnormalities, incomplete knowledge of the donor’s health history and the use of extended criteria, exceptional release and donation after cardiac death (DCD).
The survival rate for Live Donors is 100%; Donors are able to return to normal activity within 8 to 12 weeks.
I need a new liver – will you consider taking the first step, by filling out the Health Assessment Form?
Click HERE to read and fill out the form.
Darrel Needs a Liver
Will You Be His “One Match”?
The Information provided on this site has been collected from:
- The University Health Network (UHN) – Toronto General Hospital;
- Trillium Gift of Life Network; and
- Canadian Liver Foundation