Mike's journey began a few years ago when he first realized he was sick. What started out as a suspected stomach bug began a 5-day stay in the hospital where he was ultimately diagnosed with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Fatty liver disease is common and, for most people, causes no signs and symptoms and no complications. But in some people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, the fat that accumulates can cause inflammation and scarring in the liver.
This more serious form of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is sometimes called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. At its most severe, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease can progress to liver failure. This was unfortunately the case for Mike.
As part of his treatment, Mike started receiving blood in December 2006. In all, he has received 25-30 units of whole blood, 15 units of plasma and 2 units of ALBUMIN every 4-5 days for a year.