January Patient of the Month: Jack Guarriello

January 14, 2013
Jack Guarriello

In 2007, Jack Guarriello was referred to a specialist after a routine physical revealed that his liver enzymes were elevated.

Further testing showed he was battling a life-threatening liver disease, and last September he was diagnosed with liver cancer. In October, he experienced a subdural hematoma twice, requiring two serious brain surgeries and 20 days in ICU.

Jack wasn’t expected to survive the surgeries, but he beat the odds! Doctors then said a liver transplant was critical to his survival. Thankfully, he received his transplant on December 9, 2012!

His time in the ICU added up to a shocking $435,000 bill, leaving Jack with $120,000 to pay out of pocket, even with insurance. He still faces surgery to repair a hernia, which was caused by fluid retention, adding to the financial strain. Jack and his family may be facing more than $1 million in expenses.

The average liver transplant costs nearly $575,000. And that’s only the beginning. Even though his health insurance covered the cost of the transplant itself, he still faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications, which are as critical to his survival as the transplant. He and Dianna must travel more than 200 miles round-trip for every doctors’ appointment and check-up, incurring substantial travel expenses.

To read more about Jack or to make a tax-deductible donation to help with his expenses, visit his fundraising page on the NFT site.