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Verlon Robinson and Marie Robinson

Husband willing to trade his pickup to save his wife's life

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By ALEXANDRA LEHNERT, KMPH

SANGER, Calif. (KMPH) - Verlon Robinson has run out of options. His wife, Marie, needs a new liver, and soon.

Three years ago Marie found out she has cirrhosis of the liver. Its a disease that eventually results in liver failure.

Doctors say it can't be cured, but it can be slowed if she's able to get a liver transplant.

"It will take a very special person to do it. Because they put their life in it. Basically they are putting their life in jeopardy for her," says Verlon.

Verlon says a few days ago he took to Facebook to see if he could get his wife a donor.

He is willing to trade his '04 Dodge pickup Marie got him for his birthday, his trailer, even his kidney if someone will donate a part of their liver.

"Everything I've worked for all my life is not important to me. This is important to me, right here. I just couldn’t imagine life without her," says Verlon.

Marie says since she's found out she had cirrhosis of the liver she's lost 70 lbs. in liquid. She's also started getting confused, more and more often forgetting who or where she is.

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She has been on the wait list for three years, but she says she is just one of 18,000.

"There are so many people out there that are sick, and need help, and I am just one of them. I just have a wonderful husband who is willing to give it all," says Marie.

Marie needs a donor with type 'O' blood. She says the process is extensive because doctors need to make sure she and her donor will be okay after the transplant.

Marie says her insurance would cover everything. She says the surgery can take six to eight hours, but it will give her more time.

It's time her husband would trade his truck, trailer, and kidney for.

"Material things are material things. I mean, this is my wife, my love. I don’t want anything to happen to her," says Verlon.

If you think you'd be interested in helping Marie, click here to fill out the questionnaire. Marie Robinson's DOB is 1-12-57.

Click here for more information about the "Live Liver Donor Champion Program" at the UCSF Department of Surgery.

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