Harvey Steele had turned yellow.
The year was 1997, and the Toledo radio personality didn’t feel
great. His appearance changed, too. He was bloated and had gained so
much weight in his lower gut that his children began calling him Buddha.
Then, in early August he noticed something else.
“I looked in the mirror, and my eyes had turned yellow,” Mr. Steele said.
The following days and months would alter his life. Doctors said
hepatitis C—contracted through a tainted blood transfusion for a
bleeding ulcer that occurred 12 years before—was destroying his liver.
He needed a new one.