July Patient of the Month: George Gianola

July 9, 2010

For 10 years, George was completely unaware that his body was suffering from health issues. Although his skin was very itchy for a long time, doctors were never able to pinpoint the problem. Finally, in 2006, after a new doctor performed blood work and other tests, George was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Colangitis (PSC), a disease that caused scarring and inflammation of his liver. Doctors have told George the damage is irreversible, and a liver transplant is critical to his survival.

Sadly, George's family has faced more than their fair share of health challenges. His brother also suffers from PSC, but his was detected at a much earlier stage, and his sister suffers from rheumatoid arthritis.

Despite his struggles, George remains positive and is thankful for the unwavering support of his family, including Susie, his wife of 32 years, their six children and two grandchildren. All of his children have undergone testing to be his living donor, and three were compatible matches. Doctors are hopeful his daughter, Haley, will be able to successfully donate a portion of her liver to her father.

To read more about George or to make a donation to NFT in his honor, please visit his web bio on the NFT site.