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Senators owner Eugene Melynk recovering after liver transplant

Thu, 21 May 2015 20:20:58 +0000

Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter

Ottawa, ON, Canada (4E Sports) - Ottawa Senators' owner Eugene Melnyk is "recovering well" after undergoing a successful liver transplant, his doctors announced Thursday.

"Both the recipient [ Melnyk ] and the donor are currently stable and recovering well from their operations," Dr. Atul Humar , program medical director of the multi-organ transplant program said.

"Mr. Melnyk is in our transplant ICU but he is awake, he is smiling and he is answering questions," he added.

Several weeks ago, Melnyk was assessed by doctors who determined that he was in urgent need of a liver transplant. He underwent the procedure Tuesday.

Melnyk was placed on the deceased organ donor waiting list but because of the scarcity of deceased organ donors he was offered the option of living donation.

Humar said initial assessments were performed on Melnyk's friends and family but they were unable to find a match, which is the reason the Melnyk family decided to do a public appeal through the Senators organization.

More than 500 people applied to be a donor for Melnyk , and while one was found quickly, the Senators reported more than 20 of them have chosen to be donors for someone else.

"On behalf of the transplant program I would like to commend all the truly amazing people in the community who stepped forward as potential donors," Humar said. "All of you are truly heroes."

The donor for Melnyk , who wished to remain anonymous, was identified Monday after a screening process.

Melnyk will be discharged from the hospital in one to two weeks and is expected to make a full recovery in three to six months, according to Dr. Eberhard Renner, director of liver transplantation.

Renner also said if Melnyk doesn't experience any complications following the surgery he should expect to return to work in a year, with regular blood tests every three to four months.

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