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URGENT: 2-Year Old Lucas Goeller Hospitalized
With Serious Infection; Likely to Undergo Surgery Today.
Quest for Donor Liver More Urgent Than Ever

June 24, 2014; Pittsburgh – 2-year-old Lucas Goeller, who has spent over 18 months waiting for a lifesaving liver transplant, is currently hospitalized at UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, and continues his uphill battle. At a checkup yesterday, his medical team discovered stagnant “lakes” of infected bile and fluid in his damaged liver. Doctors don’t believe Lucas has the strength to fight a systemic infection and are desperately working to keep the infection confined to the liver, with antibiotics followed by surgery.

The family asks that as many people as possible visit the Save Lucas facebook page (www.facebook.com/SaveLucasGoeller ) and share his story on your own page, to spread the word of the desperate need for donor organs. The family encourages any family faced with the choice to say, “Yes,” to organ donation. Most especially, they are hoping a family will hear of Lucas’ fight and make a “directed donation” of a liver to Lucas Goeller at UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. A direct donation means that a family donating their loved ones organs tells their medical team that they wish to specify Lucas Goeller as the liver recipient. No matter where in the country this may happen, if the donated liver is a medical match for Lucas, he will be the recipient of the liver – ending his agonizing wait, and hopefully saving his young life.

Jessica Goeller, Lucas’s mother, thanks everyone for their prayers and support. Jessica said today, “We thank God for sending us into the hospital for low sodium levels, only to find out Lucas has large bile lakes in his liver. God has given the medical team another opportunity to save his life!”

To become an organ donor, visit www.DonateLife.net, and discuss your wishes with your family. To make a direct donation to Lucas Goeller or another individual in need, inform your medical team of your request. Approximately 124,000 people are awaiting organ transplants in the United States today. 18 people die every day while waiting for a lifesaving transplant.

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