KRAMPITZ
Pat Sullivan  /  AP
Todd Krampitz bought two billboards asking for help for liver cancer along a Houston highway. He left the hospital earlier this week after receiving a liver donation.
updated 8/20/2004 9:45:49 AM ET 2004-08-20T13:45:49

Todd Krampitz got his new liver through an appeal via billboard ads and Internet.

Now, the 32-year-old Houston man’s family has posted a new billboard to send out a big “thank you” for the liver donation that saved his life.

Krampitz was discharged from The Methodist Hospital on Monday after getting the transplant late last week.

After his diagnosis, his family mounted a media campaign, including two billboards along a Houston freeway, and a Web site that detailed his plight and raised awareness about organ donation. Krampitz and his wife Julie also did national media interviews.

An out-of-state donor family specified that the liver go to Krampitz, who was diagnosed with liver cancer in May.

The new billboard went up Wednesday on the Southwest Freeway near Bellfort. It bears Krampitz’s picture and says, “Thank you! Give the gift of life. Become an organ donor.”

Krampitz had been given a low priority for a donation, based on what doctors assessed his odds of long-term benefit to be. But the public appeal allowed a direct donation from donor to recipient.

Critics of his campaign contend the Krampitz appeal might have diverted a liver from a patient in greater need. His supporters argue that the appeal raised overall awareness of the need for organ donations.

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