Liver donor listed stable after 10-hour operation

Surgery called successful

transplantation 2nd step

March 06, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Rich Beecher, who withdrew from Towson University last month to become a liver transplant donor for his uncle, underwent successful surgery yesterday at New York University Medical Center.

Beecher, a 20-year-old sophomore who made Towson's lacrosse team this year before withdrawing, was listed in stable condition after 10 hours in the operating room.

The liver recipient, Donald Beecher, 46, of Parish, N.Y., was still undergoing surgery last night, and was also listed as stable. The Glen Burnie native was found to have Stage II liver cancer last summer.

After extensive testing last winter, Rich Beecher, also from Glen Burnie, was deemed a perfect match for the transplant operation.

Surgery for the recipient of a liver transplant typically is longer than that for the donor. The procedure of transferring half of a healthy person's liver has become more common only in the past four years, alleviating the lengthy wait for a cadaver's liver.

Lead surgeons in the daylong procedure were Dr. Lewis Teperman, Dr. Thomas Diflo and Dr. Glenn Morgan.

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