LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - "I was nervous, scared, apprehensive," all feelings Donovan Tucker says he experienced towards the end of 2013 upon receiving his diagnosis of liver disease and liver cirrhosis.
Dr. Frederick Bentley said, "There's medical therapy that kind of mitigates some of the symptoms and things like that but there is no other substitute therapy." Without a liver transplant people ultimately die from the illness. Fortunately for Tucker, he was only on the transplant list for about four months, before finally getting the call.
"I know that I'm very fortunate," Tucker explained. He said he has not been able to tell his story without being overwhelmed by emotion, but as UAMS Dr. Frederick Bentley explains, it is easy to understand why. Dr. Bentley said, "To see someone who is very ill and sometimes on death's doorstep, it was truly amazing."