COLUMBUS, Ga. – The owner of Millie’s International Market in Columbus needs a liver transplant.
Harold “Lefty” Encarnacion has spent decades serving the community but now he needs the community’s help. He was recently diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver and given 6 months to live. He says he started feeling bloated about four months ago, but chalked it up to weight gain.
“My stomach was blowing up, getting bloated, I thought I might have been gaining weight and then one day I woke up and my feet and my legs and from my chest down was all swollen,” said Lefty.
Lefty says the diagnosis was not something he was expecting because he says he’s never been a drinker. He believes his liver damage was caused by excessive use of acetaminophen for his back pain.
Cirrhosis can cause weakness, loss of appetite, easy bruising, yellowing of the skin (jaundice), itching, and fatigue.
Lefty’s supporters have set up the following Go Fund Me page to help the family with expenses. http://www.gofundme.com/helplefty
To devote all of their time to Lefty’s medical fight, Lefty and his wife Millie are closing their market on South Lumpkin road which they opened in 1995.