An update on past news

Wednesday, September 15, 1999

Man awaiting
liver donation
‘hanging in there’

Question: What ever happened to Henry Cozo, the Wahiawa man who was selling classic cars to raise money for his liver transplant operation?

Answer: Cozo, a 49-year-old father of five, continues to wait for a liver donor.

"I'm taking medicine and trying to hang in there. I'm trying to keep (the donor situation) out of my mind. ... I just have to sit and wait," said Cozo. "I get a lot more tired than before. ... I can do maybe half of what I used to do before."

To raise money for medical and postoperative expenses, Cozo was selling two restored classic cars. He sold a 1937 two-door Chevrolet last year but is still trying to sell a 1927 four-door Chrysler.

"I raised almost half of what I probably need," he said. "Maybe if I sold the car, I wouldn't need any more money."

Fund raising last year raised $8,000, and the money is sitting in a trust fund until a donor is found, said Cozo.

A former truck driver, Cozo speculates that contaminated blood from transfusions he had in 1990 for bleeding ulcers may have infected him with the hepatitis C virus.

He stopped working in 1994 after a truck accident. It was then that doctors removed his spleen and discovered his liver condition, he said.

"All is I want to do is to live so I can see my daughter graduate," he said.

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