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Kircher doing well after transplant

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on May 22, 2008 at 11:10 am |
May 22, 2008 11:10 am

Ski area operator John Kircher is doing well after undergoing a liver transplant Tuesday morning, Crystal Mountain spokeswoman Tiana Enger said today.

Breathing tubes were removed Wednesday night and ultrasounds show Kircher is doing well, according to an e-mail update sent out by the Kircher family. Kircher is expected to leave the intensive care unit of the Mayo Clinic Minnesota soon.

Kircher is president of Michigan-based Boyne Resorts’ western operations, which controls Crystal Mountain and the Summit at Snoqualmie. Kircher also oversees operations at Cypress Mountain in Vancouver, B.C. Cypress is a 2010 Winter Olympic venue.

Kircher, 49, got the liver transplant from his brother-in-law, who is already out of the ICU.

Kircher has primary sclerosing cholangitis, a disease that attacks the liver’s bile ducts. The only cure is a transplant.

Kircher contracted the disease in the 1980s during a trip to Africa.

Click here to read The News Tribune’s Feb. 11 story on Kircher’s health battle.

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