View Full Version : 'Semper Fidelis' saves a life

08-16-02, 07:43 AM
WASHINGTON - John Ripley's worthless liver had left his skin a sickly
yellow. Toxic fluids were collecting in his system, causing his lean frame
to bloat: Once 175 pounds, he now weighed 425. His kidneys were failing. An
incision glared from his abdomen, closed with staples in case surgeons had
to rip it open fast. Eighteen IV lines fed into his unconscious body.