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    The Ottawa Senators have reached out to their fans and the hockey community as owner Eugene Melnyk, 55, is in “urgent need” of a live liver transplant.

    The statement was released Thursday morning by the Senators, stating that three weeks ago Melnyk was admitted to hospital due to the onset of “liver-related complications.” While there has been no diagnosis released, the statement goes on to say that Melnyk’s family and friends in hopes that doctors can find what is referred to as a “live liver donor.”

    http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/ot...er-transplant/

  • #2
    Wow. What a terrible off-ice year it's been for this organization.

    Looking into this, I had no idea that a liver could regenerate itself. I was wondering how someone could live-donate a single organ. That's pretty neat.

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    • #3
      Yikes. When will the Sens catch a break?!

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      • #4
        According to Cyril Leeder, a week is even too late to find a suitable donor.

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        • #5
          Apparently over 2000 people have registered as potential donors and Eugene could receive a transplant this weekend if all of the start align. Here's hoping they find a match and he stays healthy enough for surgery!

          http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=7...d=nhl:topheads

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          • #6
            Looks like there's some hope for Melnyk. What a feel-good story this could turn out to be.

            Eugene Melnyk may not have to wait long for the “gift of life.”
            Doctors at the Toronto General Hospital have identified 12-plus candidates who have been selected to go through the donor screening process.
            The candidates are at various stages of the process, the Senators organization said Saturday.
            The donor assessment team has been poring over a list of more than 500 people who have stepped forward with a potential match for Melnyk’s ailing liver, after more than 2,000 people inquired with the hospital Friday following the Senators’ public plea for help.
            Surgery could begin “within a week,” once the proper paperwork is filed and the “rigorous” screening process is complete, according to Dr. Atul Humar.

            http://www.ottawasun.com/2015/05/16/...uld-be-in-days

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            • #7
              The Senators have announced that Eugene Melnyk just underwent a successful liver transplant surgery.

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              • #8
                You beat me to it. That is awesome news! Gotta say, kudos to the donor. Wow!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Jasmine View Post
                  You beat me to it. That is awesome news! Gotta say, kudos to the donor. Wow!
                  Absolutely. Kudos to everyone who sent in an application, too. 5 days ago he needed a new liver to save his life ... 2,000 applications later he's got it. It's great that for all Melnyk has done for the Senators and Ottawa as a city, the fans were able to give back.

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                  • #10
                    Such great news :)

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                    • #11
                      To make matters even better, it was announced that 20 of the potential live liver donors for Melnyk have moved forward to become donors for someone else.

                      I don't know if anyone on the site read comments about the situation, but there were some pretty terrible comments about this entire situation. People were assuming Melnyk used his fame and wealth to 'jump the line' and wished ... not the best scenario, regarding Eugene. They don't realize that, straight from the Toronto General Hospital's mouth, the list is ordered depending or urgency, not first-come-first-serve. And not only this, the list is only relative to deceased donors. The 2,000 live donors who sent in their application about Melnyk have nothing to do with that. He originally did not want to come forward with a public plea, but the doctors notified him that he had about a week to find someone or he would be in life-threatening condition. It was either a public plea or he had a good chance of dying.

                      It makes me that much happier that not only did Melnyk find someone and have successful surgery, but another 20 people are potential having their lives saved because Melnyk came public and some brave people are willing to give a piece of them to save a stranger's life.

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                      • #12

                        Originally posted by Alfie11
                        To make matters even better, it was announced that 20 of the potential live liver donors for Melnyk have moved forward to become donors for someone else.

                        I don't know if anyone on the site read comments about the situation, but there were some pretty terrible comments about this entire situation. People were assuming Melnyk used his fame and wealth to 'jump the line' and wished ... not the best scenario, regarding Eugene. They don't realize that, straight from the Toronto General Hospital's mouth, the list is ordered depending or urgency, not first-come-first-serve. And not only this, the list is only relative to deceased donors. The 2,000 live donors who sent in their application about Melnyk have nothing to do with that. He originally did not want to come forward with a public plea, but the doctors notified him that he had about a week to find someone or he would be in life-threatening condition. It was either a public plea or he had a good chance of dying.

                        It makes me that much happier that not only did Melnyk find someone and have successful surgery, but another 20 people are potential having their lives saved because Melnyk came public and some brave people are willing to give a piece of them to save a stranger's life.
                        I couldn't agree more. Some of the comments that came out were nothing but terrible. This is a positive situation that has been nothing but a good thing for everyone involved.

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                        • #13
                          Its been said today that Melnyk is out of the Hospital and doing well :)

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Jasmine View Post
                            Its been said today that Melnyk is out of the Hospital and doing well :)
                            Great news :) Must be feeling pretty grateful!

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