Meet Doug, A Living Organ Donor from West Virginia

Doug and Mark outside Transplant House of Cleveland.

Doug is a pastor in the small town of Culloden, West Virginia. A year ago, a parishioner approached him, seeking advice: A friend was in need of a partial liver transplant and she had the right blood type to help. However, she had two small children and risked losing her job to take time off for the procedure. Doug was torn between advising her on what was best for her family, but not wanting to deter her from something she felt called to do. Then, a light went on:

Doug also had the matching blood type. His job would be secure and his children were grown. A self-proclaimed “chicken” when it comes to medical procedures, there was nothing cowardly about what Doug decided to do next – he would donate part of his liver to someone he’d never met.

Doug, his liver recipient Mark and their wives (both named Brenda!) all stayed at Transplant House of Cleveland, where their friendships grew quickly. The men formed a particularly close bond, as the sharing of a liver proved to be an experience that “will bring you closer than brothers.” As the two men and their families endured the challenging and unpredictable process, Transplant House was there to provide a home away from home for them, along with the healing comfort of community. Their amazing story is forever a part of ours and exemplifies why we celebrate organ donation and the beautiful gift of life each and every day.

“Being able to fellowship and share with other residents in the midst of similar experiences was a major part of my journey towards healing.” —Doug

Doug and Mark in 2018 and Mark with Elaine and his wife Brenda on May 17, 2022 – the fourth anniversary of his transplant.

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