posted on Apr, 5 2004 @ 11:19 AM
Pat Summerall, the veteran broadcaster once considered the voice of the NFL, was hospitalized in stable condition awaiting a donor organ for a liver
transplant.Erik Kaldor, a spokesman for St. Luke's Hospital, confirmed the Summerall, 73, is on the hospital's waiting list, but he could not say how
long it would take before he receives a transplant. Through Wednesday, St. Luke's, which is owned by the Mayo Clinic, has performed 62 liver
transplants this year.
Kaldor said Jacksonville has the shortest waiting list for liver transplants in the country.The broadcaster was flown Thursday by air ambulance to
Jacksonville from Fort Worth, Texas, where he had been hospitalized in Methodist Medical Center's intensive case unit since early this week. Summerall
is a recovering alcoholic.
Summerall is qualified for a transplant through blood tests that rank potential recipients anonymously with a computerized system known as the MELD
Model, which raised the priority level for his transplant, Kaldor said.Kaldor said Summerall's fame or age have nothing to do with his ranking on the
transplant system. He said Summerall has an uncommon blood type, which would have to match a donor.