St. Louis (KSDK) – It was down-to-the-wire for a local man who needed a liver transplant.
David Simon nearly missed his chance two weeks ago but was saved he says, by some extraordinarily caring people and technology!
Their cell phones are rarely far from 56-year-old David Simon and his wife Susan.
Simon was a very sick man. He had cancer of the liver and needed a transplant right away.
During the Labor Day weekend, while the Simons in Osage Beach; a liver became available and St. Louis University Hospital was desperately trying to reach them.
St. Louis University Post-Transplant Team Coordinator Donna Kirkpatrick learned that the Simons were in Osage Beach but couldn’t find an address.
St. Charles emergency dispatchers got the cell phone number, used a GPS tracker and found the Simons, just in time to rush David to the hospital.
“I am totally, totally amazed. I’ve only seen that on shows like ‘CSI’ and shows you can watch, but I am very grateful,” said Susan Simon.
When asked how he’s feeling, David said, “A lot, lot better. Emotionally and physically.”
David said without a liver transplant, he probably had four weeks or less to live.
He says he’s grateful to the dispatchers and to St. Louis University hospital.
By Sharon Stevens