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Sens owner Melnyk hospitalized, ‘in urgent need of a liver transplant’

Eugene Melnyk

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk “has been sick and battling major health issues since mid-January,” the club announced today.

From the release:

Mr. Melnyk was admitted to hospital three weeks ago as a result of the onset of liver-related complications. He has undergone a comprehensive medical assessment and it has been determined that Mr. Melnyk is in urgent need of a liver transplant.

Mr. Melnyk’s family has actively reached out to his close friends and broader family with the hope of identifying someone who could be a “live liver donor”. This process involves the removal of a portion of the living donor’s liver so it can be transplanted into the recipient patient.

Unfortunately, a suitable donor has not yet been located. Hence, today’s appeal to “any members of the public who may be interested in being a live liver donor.”

It was less than a year ago that the Senators announced that GM Bryan Murray had been diagnosed with cancer.

In April, assistant coach Mark Reeds passed away from cancer.