TORONTO – When Walter Buchanan learned his brother-in-law needed a liver transplant because of advanced cirrhosis caused by a long-undiagnosed infection with hepatitis C, he offered to donate part of his organ to save his life.
But Buchanan was shocked when doctors told him he couldn’t be a donor — tests revealed that he, too, carried the virus and that his liver was severely scarred, even though he’d experienced no symptoms.
“When they told me, my mind just went deep-six,” he says from his home in Queensville, Ont, just north of Toronto. “And my first question was: ‘OK, how long do I have?’
Share This Page