Transplant goes well for prosecutor

Herald staff

Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Krider was recovering in a hospital Thursday after undergoing a liver transplant.

Krider was expected to remain in the intensive care unit at University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle for two or three days, said Doug McNall, the prosecutor’s chief administrative deputy.

But it appeared that the operation went well, McNall said.

"He’s on the way to recovery," he said.

The prosecutor is expected to spend between 10 days and two weeks in the hospital after getting out of intensive care.

"Then it will be home to recover," McNall said.

Krider had been scheduled to undergo surgery late Wednesday night, but the surgery was delayed until about 3 a.m., McNall said. Krider got out of surgery about 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

"Everything went very, very well," the deputy said. "That’s what the doctors said. Very well."

Krider came close to dying five years ago after a serious blood infection contributed to the shutdown of his liver and kidneys. He’s been on a liver transplant list since the fall of 1995 after the combination of an E. coli infection and internal bleeding nearly killed him.

His kidneys resumed functioning, but there was permanent liver damage. His health problems have not kept Krider from doing his job.

Early this month, doctors gave Krider a pager and put him on alert for a transplant. Before being hospitalized, Krider said he’s fortunate that there are enough donors for him to receive one before his health deteriorates and his chances of survival diminish.

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