Mundy Twp. man still searching for living liver donor

Robert Darrell Hughey, pictured here with wife, Shirley, is racing against the clock as he searches for a living liver donor. Photo by Lania Rocha

Robert Darrell Hughey, pictured here with wife, Shirley, is racing against the clock as he searches for a living liver donor. Photo by Lania Rocha

MUNDY TWP. — Robert Darrell Hughey and his family continue to wait and hope for someone to save his life.

Hughey, 66, of Mundy Township, has been searching for a living liver donor for more than a year. (See the Feb. 20 Swartz Creek View article at swartzcreekview.mihomepaper.com/articles/mundy-twp-man-searching-for-living-donor/.)

Doctors have said Hughey’s liver disease resulted from diabetes, which went undiagnosed for more than a decade, he said. Over time, the diabetes caused fatty tissue to build up in Hughey’s liver, resulting in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. The fatty tissue caused scaring, or cirrhosis, of the liver.

His only hope, Hughey has said, is a transplant; but Hughey does not qualify for a liver from a deceased donor. So, he and his family have been searching for more than a year for someone willing to donate less than half of their healthy liver. The donor’s remaining liver will regrow and return to its pre-surgery condition within a couple of months.

Anyone interested in more information may call Shirley Hughey at 810-407-3624 or visit www.henryford.com/services/transplant/liver/living-donor/can-you-become-a-donor. There also is a gofundme set up to help offset medical costs at www.gofundme.com/f/robert-darrell-hughey. L.R.