Local ski resort manager John Kircher has been released from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., after receiving a liver transplant on May 20, Crystal Mountain spokeswoman Tiana Kircher said.
He is recovering in his apartment in Rochester with his brother-in-law who donated a portion of his liver.
Kircher is doing well according to an e-mail his wife, Kim, sent to friends and family this week.
According to the e-mail, Kircher is expected to spend the next two weeks in Rochester while doctors take daily blood tests and adjust his medication.
Kircher, 49, is the 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 has primary sclerosing cholangitis, a disease that attacks the liver’s bile ducts. The only cure is a transplant.
"It’s like having a permanent case of the flu," Kircher told The News Tribune in January.
"I’m maybe 75-80 percent of normal, enough to get buy. But you have to have energy to be creative and have ideas. That’s tough."
Kircher contracted the disease in the 1980s during a trip to Africa.