QVCC Student Loses Battle with Liver Disease 8/19/13
Shaun Bingham, the Quinebaug Valley Community College student waiting for a donor organ at Yale New Haven Hospital, lost his battle with acute liver disease on Friday, August 16. He was 24 years old and lived in Danielson.
Bingham entered the hospital in late June when he was diagnosed with chronic autoimmune hepatitis, a disease in which the body’s immune system attacks liver cells. A liver transplant is an option when the disease does not respond to drug treatments or when liver disease is advanced. According to the American Liver Foundation, more than 6,000 liver transplants are performed each year in the United States. However, there are currently over 16,000 Americans on the waiting list for a liver transplant.
According to Pam Brown, director of transition services at QVCC, Bingham did a great deal during his time at QVCC. “He helped start a student organization that has thrived, served as an officer in the Student Government Association and stepped in as acting president, and was elected to serve as the college’s representative to the Board of Regents’ Student Advisory Committee for nearly two years,” she said. “He also spearheaded fundraisers for Toys for Tots and Teens, the homeless shelter, and other organizations at QVCC.”
Survivors include his wife, Yahaira Bingham Martinez. Information on services is not yet available.