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Rare death of liver donor at CU Hospital prompting concerns

Kirk Mitchell
The Denver Post

In the days leading up to the liver transplant, Ryan Arnold told his older brother what he expected of him if he didn’t survive.

“We talked for hours about what could happen but probably wouldn’t,” Chad Arnold said. “It did.”

On Aug. 2, four days after the liver transplant that saved Chad Arnold’s life, his brother Ryan died.

The 34-year-old Watertown, S.D., orthodontist had a wife and three boys, ages 1, 4, and 6, and a vibrant life as a sportsman and active churchgoer.

“If I don’t make the most of today, I’m not doing him honor,” Chad Arnold, 38, of Castle Rock, said Friday afternoon from his hospital room at the University of Colorado Hospital. “The only thing that makes it possible for me to go on is that he gave me this gift. I’m going to throw my heart and soul into it because he gave me more time.”

Read the full story at http://www.denverpost.com/ci_15775015

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