Linda Lovelace Undergoes Liver Transplant
Mar. 06, 1987
PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Linda Marchiano, who gained notoriety as Linda Lovelace in the pornographic movie ''Deep Throat,'' received a new liver following a 14-hour operation Friday, hospital officials said.
Mrs. Marchiano, 37, was in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Presbyterian-University Hospital in Pittsburgh, said hospital spokeswoman Chris Shirer.
The operation ''was not not marked by any inordinate problems,'' said Dr. S. Wallis Marsh, who led the transplant team.
Mrs. Marchiano's condition is considered normal immediately following transplant surgery, said Ms. Shirer. The next 48 to 72 hours will be critical to determining whether the new organ functions properly.
Extremely ill with hepatitis, Mrs. Marchiano was taken to the hospital Thursday after a suitable donor organ was found, Ms. Shirer said.
Mrs. Marchiano's husband, Larry, accompanied her to the hospital and maintained a vigil there overnight, she said.
''They were both in high spirits and appeared hopeful,'' Ms. Shirer said.
No information regarding the liver donor was available.
Mrs. Marchiano underwent tests in November to determine whether she was a suitable transplant candidate. She was placed on the list for liver transplants eight days later and returned to her home in Suffolk County, N.Y., to wait.
She arrived back in Pittsburgh about two weeks ago and was staying near the hospital, according to Miss Shirer.
''She's definitely in end-stage liver disease,'' she said.
Mrs. Marchiano began speaking out against pornographers in 1973, saying she had made ''Deep Throat'' against her will.
She requested help last November in paying for the liver transplant, which can cost as much as $200,000.
''People think my husband and I are filthy rich from the bad experience I had, but it's far from that at all,'' she said at the time. ''He's a laborer, and we go week to week like everybody else in middle America.''
They have two children.
Doctors believe Mrs. Marchiano contracted hepatitis from blood she received after a car accident in 1970.
The problem was not discovered until last September, when she was undergoing tests at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York in preparation for a radical double mastectomy, which was postponed.