GLOBE, Arizona (3TV/CBS 5) — We have an update on a story Arizona’s Family first told you about in September when the Globe-Miami community raised over $100,000 for a local waitress who was in desperate need of a heart transplant. liver. Sadly, the owners of the El Ranchito Cafe restaurant in Globe reported that Lilly Machado passed away on Tuesday.
Machado went to Mexico with the funds donated to get the liver transplant in September after saying she couldn’t afford the operation in the United States. The restaurant owners said she ended up having the procedure last week, but sadly Machado’s body rejected the organ and died on Tuesday.
“Thank you for all the people downtown,” Machado said in September before heading to Mexico for a transplant. The hardworking waitress and mother of three had non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver.
“You don’t have to know Lilly personally just to know she was a good person,” said Kiana Thompson, who is one of many people in the Globe-Miami area devastated to see Lilly pass. “It’s tragic what happened, but I still try to remember the good times.”
According to national data, there is an 89% survival rate after the first year for liver transplant recipients. Currently, there are just over 11,000 candidates on the waiting list for a new liver, and last year more than 9,000 transplants were performed in the United States, the most on record. in a single year. Back in Thompson, she chooses to remember how Lilly lived, not how she died. “I think remembering her is remembering the good things about her, you know, she always had a smile, and that’s what I remember,” Thompson said.
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