By Curtis Lum
Advertiser Staff Writer
Dakota Denomie is 13 and old enough to understand that if he doesnt receive a liver transplant soon, he will die.
"His health is deteriorating at a pretty rapid rate right now," said his mother, Cyndi Denomie. "Hes just a sick, little boy."
|Dakota Denomie, 13, contracted hepatitis C, which damaged his liver.
Dakota contracted hepatitis C a couple of years ago, and the virus has damaged his liver. The Pearl City youth has advanced cirrhosis and has been on a transplant waiting list for nearly two years.
He and his mother eventually will have to move to Palo Alto, Calif., to be near Stanford Universitys Lucile Packard Childrens Hospital, where the transplant will be performed. Hospital officials have told Cyndi Denomie that the sooner they move, the sooner Dakota will move up the priority list.
Because of her sons failing health, Denomie hopes to make the move in the next two months.
"When I say February or March time frame I just dont think hes going to make it much longer," she said.
| Anyone interested in donating can send a check to: Dakota Denomie Medical Fund, Central Pacific Bank, Makiki Branch, 818 Keeaumoku St., Honolulu, HI 96814. Donations also may be dropped off at any Central Pacific Bank branch.
But Denomie is a single mother of two children and she cant afford the cost of the move. She works full-time at Raynor Pacific Overhead Doors and lives with her parents, Arthur and Norma Baxter, in Pearl City.
"Were going to need living expenses because when youre on a waiting list you dont know how long its going to be. Theres no set time on the waiting list," said Denomie. She added that she has no idea how much money she will need.
"Everything is so unsure right now. All we know is its inevitable and well be going up there and that its getting closer," she said.
[back to top]