Man offers to trade truck for liver to save dying wife
The bond between a man and his truck is a powerful thing, but Verlon Robinson is out of options.
His wife, Marie, suffers from a fatal disease — and is in desperate need of a new liver.
Doctors placed her on the wait list three years ago following her diagnosis, but she’s one of 18,000 people still waiting for a donor.
With nowhere else to turn, Robinson took matters into his own hands and posted a last-ditch plea on Facebook — offering up one his most prized possessions in exchange for a new liver.
“To all that don’t know I have a very sick wife, With a non-reversible liver disease,” Robinson wrote in a post last week.
“I do have an 04 Dodge pick up that I would gladly trade anyone,” he said. “Plus I could throw in a nice tent trailer.”
Robinson — a resident of Sanger, California — posted photos of the white truck and trailer on his Facebook page, along with a number for people to call. He tagged his wife in the post and gave some information on her blood type.
“We have been married for 25 years and it breaks my heart when I think about losing her,” Robinson said. “I would do anything to trade places with her but as you know that’s impossible. So please if you are O positive or negative blood type and would consider giving her some of your liver we have insurance that would cover all surgeries.”
The hopeless husband added, “Ps. I have good kidneys and I would throw in one.”
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While Robinson was still on the hunt for a donor as of Tuesday night, he was forced to alter his proposal after being told by hospital officials that it was “against the rules to offer my material stuff.”
“Since most of you do not want my truck or trailer, it’s probably OK,” he quipped. “However they did say I could still offer my kidney. So kidney is still out there.”
Robinson spoke to KMPH on Tuesday about his “truck for liver” offer, saying it was the only option he had.
“Material things are material things. I mean, this is my wife, my love. I don’t want anything to happen to her,” he said.
In 2015, Marie was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. The debilitating disease can’t be cured, but can be slowed if a person manages to get a transplant.
“There are so many people out there that are sick, and need help, and I am just one of them,” Marie told KMPH. “I just have a wonderful husband who is willing to give it all.”
The truck that Robinson is offering online was reportedly a birthday present.
Marie is the one who gave it to him.
“We can move on without other stuff, but I couldn’t move on without her,” he said.
To which Marie jokingly replied, “He doesn’t know how to get on the internet.”
Anyone interested in helping the Robinsons has been asked to fill out a health history questionnaire, which will be submitted online to UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco. The questionnaire is confidential.
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