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Kircher released from Mayo Clinic after liver transplant

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on May 30, 2008 at 9:32 am with No Comments »
May 30, 2008 9:32 am

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.


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

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