Butler County teen transplant patient 'excellent'

| Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

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 cprine@tribweb.com.

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