Monday, August 08, 2005

A Story with a Happy Ending for Shari

Sometimes it is wonderful how communication and prayer works. I saw a plea on July 22 for a liver transplant on Adrants. Shari Kurzrok, the vp of public relations for Ogilvy was in desperate need for a liver transplant. Immediately, I did a post here and notified my colleague Steve Kayser who also posted her need in our Expert Access newsletter. Her need carried with it exacting and difficult specifications: Shari could not accept a liver from a healthy living donor. The person HAD TO BE in critical condition, on life support, or facing imminent death. The donor's family and doctor MUST DESIGNATE THE LIVER DIRECTLY TO SHARI through UNOS. The donor's family needs to consent to donate a liver. Must be a full (NOT partial) liver transplant. Must be an A or O blood type. Anything less than that and 31-year-old Shari Kurzrok would die within days. Often in times of medical crisis and urgent need, special requests for help like these end up having sad endings.

The good news: We have received notice from Heather Scherman, of Ogilvy Worldwide Pr in NY -- and a post from Shari’s family (see below). We will never know who the donor was, but hopefully all the awareness and special prayers from people around the e-world that read and circulated her story had a positive effect on this outcome.

Hi Steve:

GREAT news - Shari received her liver on Saturday!

She is doing well and is in recovery. ‘

Thank you again for all of your help!


Heather Scherman,

And a thank you post from her family:

Her doctor finished the surgery Saturday night and said that it went very well. She is still recovering in the ICU, but is stable.

We just wanted to thank everyone for the unbelievable outpouring of love, support and prayers over the past three weeks. It has been an amazing source of comfort and inspiration and we have been touched by the kindness of strangers and friends alike. Shari will be overwhelmed when she learns the extent of the efforts that took place on her behalf across the nation.

We are forever grateful to the donor’s family for this amazing gift and our thoughts are with them during this difficult time.

We hope that Shari’s situation has helped to draw attention to organ donation and that it will encourage those who may not have considered it before to become an organ donor. According to UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing), there are over almost 90,000 people in the United States waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, with more than 17,000 awaiting a liver, illustrating the importance of organ donation. We know how hard the waiting can be and truly hope that everyone continues to spread the word for this urgent need so that other families can experience the joy that we are feeling today.

Thanks again,
Shari’s Family, Friends & Colleagues


At 12:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

great stuff Dale -- your writing is getting incredibly precise and much more emminently readable

Now -- get a haircut you look like a hippie

At 3:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the update - it is always good to hear positive news


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