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PHOTOS OF THE DAY: Liver Transplants

Wed, 03/02/2011 - 5:09am
In this photo taken Feb. 12, 2011, Matthew Rosiello, 21, is aided by his mother Randy as she checks his surgically placed catheter at their home in New York. Matthew is waiting for a liver transplant and is connected to port-a cath throughout the day. Soon after telling him it was time for a liver transplant, doctors gave Matthew more tough news: he wasn't likely to get one any time soon in his home state of New York. Consider traveling to Ohio, they advised, where the wait's a lot shorter. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

In this photo taken Feb. 12, 2011, Matthew Rosiello, 21, is aided by his mother Randy as she checks his surgically placed catheter at their home in New York. Matthew is waiting for a liver transplant and is connected to port-a cath throughout the day. Soon after telling him it was time for a liver transplant, doctors gave Matthew more tough news: he wasn't likely to get one any time soon in his home state of New York. Consider traveling to Ohio, they advised, where the wait's a lot shorter. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

 

 

In this photo taken Feb. 12, 2011, Matthew Rosiello, 21, is aided by his mother Randy, who's adjusting his surgically placed catheter, at their home in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Matthew Rosiello, 21, is aided by his mother Randy, who's adjusting his surgically placed catheter, at their home in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

 

 

 

 

 

In this photo taken Feb. 12, 2011, Randy Rosiello arranges her son Matthew's medical supplies at their home on New York's Staten Island. Matthew is a waiting list in New York for a liver transplant.

 

Randy Rosiello arranges her son Matthew's medical supplies at their home on New York's Staten Island. Matthew is a waiting list in New York for a liver transplant. But doctors advised the family to put him on a list in Ohio as well, where the wait is much shorter. "I'll go anywhere for my son. This is his life," said Randy. But she doesn't think her son should have to change doctors after a lifetime of complex care at New York's Mount Sinai Medical Center, or undergo the stress of travel. Plus, she worries, "if I have to go, I'm putting my family into financial ruin." (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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