Butler County teen transplant patient 'excellent'
Adam Snow, the Butler County teenager who received a life-saving liver transplant this weekend, can blink “yes” or “no” to questions from his grandfather and helps nurses by rolling over in his bed, his mother said.
Doctors planned to remove the youth's ventilating tube on Monday, Linda Snow of Butler said Sunday night. Until then, he remains in critical condition at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Lawrenceville.
“He's been doing a lot of sleeping, which is important because it helps him heal,” Linda Snow said. “He's doing excellent.”
Adam, 14, is a ninth-grader at Butler Area Intermediate High School. The surgery to swap out his virus-ravaged liver began at 3 a.m. Saturday, a few hours after his family posted a plea for help on their Facebook page and local media blasted a call for donors. Twitter and other social media sites then spread the news nationwide, as large radio and television networks picked up the story.
A matching donor was found a few hours later.
“We started it on our Facebook page, but everyone began helping us,” said Snow, who doesn't know the name of the donor.
That isn't unusual, Children's spokeswoman Gloria Kreps said. The Center for Organ Recovery & Education, which coordinates liver donations in the region, has a firm policy of never broadcasting donors' identities without their expressed consent.
“They'll give us that information eventually,” Linda Snow said. “The way they explained it to us, the donors need time to heal in their own way, too. We just want to thank the person for this gift.”
Carl Prine is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7826 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.