GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Gulfport man in desperate need of a new liver just landed on a waiting list for one. Doctors said recovery for a transplant will take two months. Low on funds, his parents are hoping someone will step up with a place to stay so they can take care of their son during recovery.
"My friends started telling me they saw my eyes turn yellow," said Michael Hunter.
Life for Hunter has changed dramatically.
"I like going out and going fishing and spending time with my dad," Michael Hunter said.
The 43-year-old always felt healthy and stayed active appearing as an extra in movies, performing martial arts, and working toward a career in information technology. But two years ago doctors told Hunter he would need a new liver.
"I am like very weak, but I force myself to get up and try to do things."
Recently he landed on a transplant list for a new liver due to cirrhosis of the liver.
"We're informed to have our bags packed and they could call us at any time day or night. And they told us we have to leave immediately we don't have time to pack," said Micheal's dad, Allen Hunter.
Allen and his wife are the primary caretakers for Michael, who is on disability. When their son goes in for a transplant, his parents will be giving him around the clock care. They said a transplant could be available anywhere from a day to a year from now.
Now they are hoping someone will step up to help them.
"We just wanting to ask someone in the Jackson, MS area if they got a place that we can stay for maybe six to eight weeks," said Allen Hunter.
Micheal's issues have compounded due to his liver. Allen said if the fluid isn't removed from his son twice a week, it could build up around his lungs and stomach and he could die. He's in need of another surgery following his transplant, has difficulty breathing, moving and has lost most of his independence. But through it all, Hunter remains positive.
"He tells me. He says, my body is getting weak, but my soul and spirit is strong," Allen said.
"I'm a fighter. I got a strong will to live. I'm not going to go down. I will do everything that I can to survive," said Hunter.
If you're interested in helping the Hunter family call 228-206-2476.