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Great News: Comedian Mike MacDonald Is Recovering Well After Liver Transplant
March 28, 2013
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Last May, we told you about Ottawa comedian Mike MacDonald's medical condition.

In 2011, MacDonald was diagnosed with hepatitis C. He lost his livelihood due to complications - his kidneys and liver shut down and couldn't travel or perform.

Mike is a mainstay of Canadian comedy - until his illness, he was the only standup to appear at every Just for Laughs gala ever held.

Well, there's some good news. A couple of weeks ago, Mike had successful liver transplant surgery and he was discharged him from hospital, a week ahead of schedule.

His mother, Colette MacDonald, told the Ottawa Citizen she wasn't expecting the early release.

"I was surprised he was getting out, and so was (Mike's wife) Bonnie," she said.

MacDonald was in intensive care following the seven-hour surgery, and only got into a regular hospital room in the last few days.

"He's been in good spirits and was cracking some jokes, basically the humorous observations you make when you're in hospital," his brother John said.

Mike and his wife left Ottawa for Toronto earlier this month when they heard there was a liver available. He waited over a year for a transplant.

Last year, Mike spoke to CBC News about the support he's received from his friends, and his goal of performing again.

"This whole thing has been very humbling. But as I pledge to fight the good fight, I plan to, if I come out of this, to continue," he said. "You know, it's not something I want to turn my back on if I get well again."

He's already told his family he's anxious to get back to doing comedy. But obviously, his recovery comes first.

"Right now he's focusing on getting better and maybe later sharing his experiences when he gets to that point," Mike's brother John said.

We look forward to seeing Mike on stage again.

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