Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Health & Fitness
  3. Holistic Health

Soldier plans to donate 60% of his liver to save dying grandfather

See also

U.S. Army Specialist Ricky Glenn Henderson is proving himself to be a hero, both in Afghanistan (where he is currently on duty) as well as back home in Texas, where he hopes to be able to donate 60% of his liver to his 62-year old grandfather Rickey Homer.

"The loss and the regret of me not doing anything would have outweighed this. I'm the firstborn grandson; I carry my grandfather's name," the 21-year old told KLTV, the ABC affiliate in East Texas.

Homer, who spent 4 years in the Marines and 16 in the U.S. Army, including service during the Vietnam War, is suffering from a genetic disorder called hemochromatosis (aka iron storage disease), a hereditary disorder in that causes people to absorb too much iron through their digestive tract, resulting in cirrhosis of the liver. Although it can affect both sexes, it is more common in men than women, particularly those Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Cornish, and Breton decent, as well as Scandinavians.

Henderson’s commanding officer arranged fro him to be flown from Afghanistan to Baylor University Medical Center on Dallas, where Dr. Giulino Testa, who directs the living liver transplant program there reportedly tried to talk the young solider out of the planned procedure after finding “an abnormality in Henderson’s platelet count, to no avail.”

“I want to be absolutely sure the liver donation will be safe before giving it the go-ahead,” Testa stated. “ If the transplant happens, however, Henderson’s liver should return to normal size within a few days and normal function within a few months.”

Advertisement

Life

  • ESPYS party
    Athletes and celebrities hit the red carpet at Body at the ESPYS party
    Today's Buzz
  • Healthy balance
    Keeping a healthy balance is so important for your own well-being
    Camera
    15 Photos
  • Apollo
    NASA observes 45th anniversary of Apollo 11: One giant leap for mankind
    Camera
    14 Photos
  • Unique jewelry
    Nothing catches the eye or completes and outfit like a great piece of jewelry
    Camera
    12 Photos
  • Student Farmworker Alliance
    Student-Farmworker Alliance launches 'Boot the Braids' web site
    Camera
    15 Photos
  • Exercise
    Find out why you should exercise to compliment your diet
    Camera
    10 Photos