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Storm Lake man recovering well from liver transplant

Thursday, August 27, 2009

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Jim and Donna Pittman in the recovery area at the transplant center in Omaha. Thankful for the care Jim has received, both sport University of Nebraska Medical Center shirts. / Contributed photo.
Jim Pittman of Storm Lake is recovering well from a recent liver transplant surgery at the University of Nebraska Hospitals transplant center, and hopes to return home soon.

Supporters are planning a fundraiser to help with medical expenses for Jim and his wife Donna next month. A pork loin meal will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall Sept. 11, 5:30-9 p.m. with admission by free will donation.

Four years ago, Jim fell ill with what would be diagnosed as cirrosis of the liver. A blood clot was found in his mesentary vein, and 12 inches of his small intestines were removed. Since then he has suffered from repeated hernias and broken veins bleeding into his stomach. Earlier this year, he was placed on the transplant waiting list, and on August 5th, he was notified that an organ had been found. However, the hospital was unable to match his blood, and he was sent home. Just five days later, another organ was found, in even better condition, and the surgery gave Jim a second chance at life.

Currently, doctors are adjusting Jim's medications, working to control fluid buildup, and making sure his new liver and his kidneys are functioning properly. The family looks forward to phasing him off the meds, which have some side effects such as causing shakiness.

The family is thankful for a rapid recovery, and feel that all the support and prayers they have received have made the difference.

The Pittmans have three sons. Jim is a plant manager for American Concrete in Storm Lake and Donna is emloyed at Hy-Vee.

Well wishes will reach Jim in care of the Nebraska Medical Center, 987400 Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198-7400. The family regularly updates a journal on his progress which can be viewed online at caringbridge.org, and typing in jimpittman in the search window.



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