HVHS student and band member Lindsey Nanz to receive liver transplant Tuesday, Oct. 25; HVHS will wear green in support of Nanz
Lindsey Nanz, a sophomore at Hidden Valley High School and active member in the Hidden Valley band, will receive a liver transplant Tuesday, Oct. 25. In support of Lindsey, students and faculty members at HVHS will wear green, the official ribbon color for transplant support, on Tuesday.
“The Nanz family has been a Hidden Valley High School Band family for many years. It is an important part of Lindsey’s life as well, so the Band Boosters and band students are supporting Lindsey and her family in many ways,” said Jackie Green, mom to Lindsey’s good friend Micah Green, in an email.
“Lindsey was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) in September 2009,” Jackie continued. “The typical PSC patient is a middle-age male, so it is pretty unusual for a girl of Lindsey’s age to have this disease. PSC is a progressive disease that causes inflammation and scarring of the bile ducts in the liver and cirrhosis. The condition gradually worsens and complications develop ultimately leading to liver failure. The only viable treatment for advanced PSC is a liver transplant. Lindsey has been on many medications for almost two years in an effort to support her liver function for as long as possible. Some patients can go for many years before needing a transplant; unfortunately, Lindsey’s PSC has progressed aggressively.
“Lindsey was recommended as a transplant candidate and placed on the national organ transplant waiting list. Liver transplants can come from cadaver donors or from a live donor. The liver is an amazing organ that can regenerate itself. A piece of liver is taken from the healthy donor and grows to full size over time once placed in the recipient. Her cousin, Parker Yost, was found to be a good match. They both were given a clean bill of health [Monday] morning to proceed [Tuesday]. Parker will have his surgery first, followed by Lindsey a few hours later.”
Lindsey’s supporters have created a Facebook page where you can find more information and leave notes of encouragement–”Lindsey Nanz Support Group.”
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