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Couple Diets For Transplant Funds

October 4, 1988

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) _ Jim and Mary Layton say they have everything to gain by losing weight to raise money for a tiny relative’s liver transplant.

″We’re both overweight. We thought it would be a good way to put our weight to use and help the baby at the same time,″ said Mrs. Layton.

About 30 of the couple’s friends and relatives have pledged 5 cents to $1 for every pound they lose to help pay for 8-month-old Bryan Bergman’s operation.

The Emden boy, a great-nephew of the Laytons’, suffers from two liver diseases that prevent his liver from functioning normally.

His parents, Aaron and Dena Bergman, have medical insurance, but it will not cover the $257,000 or more a transplant would cost.

The Laytons began dieting Aug. 22. So far, Layton has lost 29 pounds and Mrs. Layton had lost 12 pounds. A diet center has recommended the couple lose a total of 167 pounds.

Bryan has been waiting for a donor liver since July. Mrs. Bergman said Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh told her a liver should be available by the end of December.

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