Region 8 school district rallies behind sick employee

Region 8 school district rallies behind sick employee
(Source: Julie Stewart)
(Source: Julie Stewart)
(Source: Julie Stewart)
(Source: Julie Stewart)
(Source: Julie Stewart)
(Source: Julie Stewart)

MOUNTAIN VIEW, AR (KAIT) - The Mountain View community is rallying behind two school district employees.

Bryan Duncan is the technology coordinator for the school and has a rare liver disease called primary sclerosing cholangitis.

The only way to avoid death from this disease is to get a liver transplant.

Duncan needed a transplant soon, but the waiting list for a transplant was too long, so his family started looking for a live donor.

Unfortunately, Duncan's father was not a match, but his father-in-law Garry Stewart was a match.

A recent age requirement change allowed Stewart to be a donor.

The age cut off for liver donors used to be 55, but recently changed to 60.

Stewart is 59 and will become one of the oldest living liver donors.

Stewart is also an employee at the school district. He is the head of maintenance for Mountain View School District.

Duncan and Stewart are on their way to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN with family for the transplant.

Family members told Region 8 News the two surgeries are very extensive. Stewart's will last anywhere from 4-6 hours and Duncan's will be 6-10 hours.

They also said live liver transplants like this are very rare and only a few hospitals in the nation will do them.

Along with the men's families supporting them, they also have the support of the whole school district.

Students, faculty and staff have helped raise money to help with medical costs from the procedures.

Duncan's medial journey can be found on this Facebook page.

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