Allman Brothers Band cofounder doing well with new organ

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      Allman Brothers vocalist and organ player Gregg Allman is recovering from the successful liver transplant he underwent yesterday at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.

      For the last few years Allman has undergone a series of treatments for Hepatitis C, but chronic liver damage resulted in doctors recommending the transplant. No doubt some of that damage was the result of Allman's hard-partying ways at the height of the Southern-rock craze in the '70s.

      The Allman Brothers were scheduled to perform alongside the likes of Jeff Beck, Robert Randolph, and Buddy Guy at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival in Chicago this Saturday, and while that won't be happening, guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks will take part in the event, which raises funds for Clapton's rehab centre in Antiqua.

      This clip's going out to Woody. Don't ask me why Gregg licks his finger at 2:26.



      Dave Undis

      Jun 25, 2010 at 5:24am

      Greg Allman was very lucky to get a liver transplant. Over half of the 108,000 Americans on the national waiting list will die before they get a transplant. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate about 20,000 transplantable organs every year. Over 9,000 of their neighbors die every year as a result.

      There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage -- give organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die.

      Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. People who aren't prepared to share the gift of life should go to the back of the transplant waiting list as long as there is a shortage of organs.

      Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition.