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Benefit dinner to be held Saturday in Cutler

Funds go to Laura Glover who needs a multi-organ transplant

Photo Provided Laura Glover and her family - Back row from the left, sister-in-law Krystle Glover, Laura, mother Penny Glover, brother Chance Glover. Front row are nephew Talon Glover, cousin Abigail Nettles and niece Aliya Glover.

CUTLER — A benefit will be held Saturday for a Little Hocking woman who needs to undergo a multiple organ transplant.

Laura Glover, 32, needs transplants of her liver, pancreas, stomach and small intestines.

The benefit will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Cutler Community Building and proceeds will help Laura and her mother, Penny, with living expenses while Laura is at the Cleveland Clinic.

There will be a gun raffle, quilt raffle and a quarter of a beef raffle, along with a pie auction, silent auction and country store. Food will be available to eat in or carry out and live bluegrass and country rock music will be performed.

Penny said “some wonderful gifts have been donated.” Laura’s brother, Chance, donated two firearms for the gun raffle.

She said they are trying to raise $20,000, an amount quoted by a social worker at the Cleveland Clinic, as Penny and Laura will have to spend three months minimum in Cleveland.

“We’re going to have to stay in Cleveland, if everything goes well, one month in the hospital and two months following,” Penny said. “They are going to do biopsies and blood work at least three times a week.”

She said they could spend upwards of a year in Cleveland if there are complications.

They will be staying at the Cleveland Transplant House, which provides small apartments for transplant patients and their families. Penny said the furnished apartments are $60 per night, which is far less than they would spend in a hotel.

“That’s $1,800 a month just in rent,” she said.

She said their community and friends have “been wonderful in supporting us, raising money so we could stay up there.”

Even after Laura is released to return home, the pair will still have to make bi-weekly trips for consultations and treatment.

For the last few years, Laura has been treated at Ohio State University with what doctors call a “failure to thrive”, Penny said.

“She can’t hold nutrition. They were worried if she continued and if her liver failed, she could pass away. That’s when they suggested the transplant,” she said.

Penny said she didn’t think it was possible to transplant a stomach, liver, pancreas and small intestines until Laura’s diagnosis.

Laura was told she had a hereditary condition where her triglycerides would go into the thousands.

The Medical News Today shows doctors generally consider normal triglyceride levels to be below 150 milligrams per deciliter of blood.

Penny said her high numbers set her off into pancreatitis three times. The second time, her triglycerides were 10,000.

“The scarring of the pancreas blocked off the small intestine. Food wasn’t able to pass through and she wasn’t able to digest,” she explained.

Because of the blockages in the main artery into Laura’s liver, her body created numerous small arteries, but they weren’t sufficient or large enough to filter, Penny said.

Fluids have been collecting in Laura’s stomach.

“I can’t tell you how many times in the last few years people have thought she was 8 or 9 months pregnant,” she said.

When Laura finally undergoes the transplants, they will do the ductwork and arteries at the same time. While at OSU, they tried to treat her with surgeries and medication, but it didn’t help, Penny said.

“This has been going on for nine years, since her senior year in college,” she said.

She said there’s one thing that’s kept Laura going.

“She’s very strong in her faith and her faith has gotten her through all the trials she’s had,” Penny said.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

If you go:

¯ What: Benefit dinner for Laura Glover.

¯ Where: Cutler Community Building.

¯ When: 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

¯ Why: To help with living expenses while she’s at the Cleveland Clinic.

Source: Penny Glover.

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