Super Hero Rescues Coworker's Grandson with Lifesaving Transplant
Dustin "D.W." Davis, Maintenance Tech
When most of us think of life-saving super heroes, we envision masked, caped crusaders and comic book characters. Lucky for us, there are everyday super heroes right here at Worthington. For one little boy and his family, that hero is Dustin “D.W.” Davis, maintenance technician at Steel Columbus.
Lucas Roll, son of Justin Roll, a Tandem Mill operator at Steel Columbus, was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition called biliary atresia when he was just two months old. His condition led to the need for a liver transplant.
“I work with Lucas’ grandpa Tim Southworth and could see how much the family was hurting,” said D.W. After hearing they were having trouble finding a donor match, D.W. decided to get tested. “He went out of his way to call every hospital, find the right one and determine what he needed to do to be eligible,” said Lucas’ dad, Justin.
Following a two-day testing process and meeting with nine doctors and specialists, D.W. learned that he was a match. In June 2015, he underwent a six hour surgery at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, donating 25 percent of his liver to Lucas. At 7-months-old, Lucas received his new liver.
Prior to Lucas’ transplant, he was severely jaundiced and didn’t smile, laugh, eat or sleep regularly. Today, the 1-year-old is doing well. “Now he won’t stop smiling – the difference is night and day,” said Justin. “There really aren’t words for all D.W. has done for us.”
Post-surgery, D.W. was off work for three months. On a 10-pound weight restriction, he couldn’t go up or down stairs, mow his grass or pick up his kids. “It’s been tough, but the Roll family and the guys down at the shop have been phenomenal.” During his recovery, D.W.’s coworkers raised nearly $1,300 for him, and the plant matched it.
D.W.’s biggest fear throughout the process wasn’t about his own health or recovery, he said, “I was most worried about the liver not taking – I just didn’t want to let the family down.” Like most super heroes, D.W.’s a humble one, not accepting much credit for his life-saving actions.