Gregg Allman Gets Liver Transplant for Hepatitis C
Gregg Allman Undergoes Liver Transplant Surgery
Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band, who suffers from Hepatitis C, had a liver transplant.
The surgery, which took place at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, was successful, but the long-term prognosis is not clear. The Allman Brothers had to pull out of the Crossroads Festival, and nobody knows when they'll be able to play next.
Gregg Allman was diagnosed with Hepatitis C in 2007; he suspects he was infected by a dirty tattoo needle. Allman had been on a donor list since 2008.
llman, who co-founded the group in 1969 with late brother Duane and remaining original members Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson, added that after being treated, he had "more appreciation for life ... There could be people that are reading this now and they have it and don't know they have it, and all it takes is a blood test. If you catch it early, before you get real fatigued and tired like I did, you can beat it."
Gregg Allman's website carries a press release on the surgery and Allman's ongoing battle with Hep C.
“I changed my ways years ago,” Allman says, “but we can’t turn back time. Every day is a gift, and I can’t wait to get back on the road making music with my friends.”
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