‘Ottawa’ Liver Donor For 8-Year-Old Does Not Think He is a ‘Hero’
Ken Budel doesn’t remember making the decision to donate part of his liver to eight-year-old Gianna-Lynn Favilla, the little Russell girl who is a playmate of his own eight-year-old daughter. When her family made a public appeal for a liver donor earlier this year, he just knew he would put up his hand to volunteer.
“It wasn’t really a thought. There wasn’t a decision that needed to be made. It was just instinct.”
The 41-year-old employee of the Ottawa-based Crown corporation Defence Construction Canada is back home in Russell recuperating after about 20 per cent of his liver was removed during surgery at Toronto General Hospital on the morning of April 20. The organ was then rushed across the street to the Hospital for Sick Children where it was transplanted into Gianna-Lynn. In the recovery room, Brudel remembers saying “there is nothing more I can do.”