In a clarification to last week’s Reader column discussing the tremendous need for organ donors, while it is true that Curtis Salgado had to have a certain amount of money in the bank prior to his surgery, this was because he had no insurance.
"The Nebraska facility did everything possible to make this happen for Curtis. They were always gracious about the finance situation,” said Salgado's sister Wendy Salgado.
“All possible recipients do have to show proof of being able to pay for the transplant and then care for the organ long-term, whether it be via insurance, Medicaid, Medicare or self-pay methods.” clarified Taylor Wilson, Senior
Media Relations Coordinator at The Nebraska Medical Center. “We offer numerous financial counseling
opportunities to make sure patients have the proper insurance in place to cover the cost of the transplant and for possible post-transplant costs.”
The Aug. 31 Tribute to Walter Trout Omaha event featured award-winning blues acts including Salgado, who received a liver transplant at The Nebraska Medical Center Sept. 30, 2006. Guitarist Walter Trout received a liver transplant on Memorial Day 2014. Trout was in attendance at the event. Down to 114 pounds, he is still recovering physically from the toll the failing liver took on his body. He and his wife Marie Trout, one of the event organizers, return home to California this week where Trout will continue his recovery.
Trout fans from at least six states and the Netherlands were among approximately 400 people in attendance, according to co-promoter Jeff Davis. Proceeds from the event will go to Trout's band members at the Trout family’s request.
Cindy Schabow, a Donate Life Nebraska volunteer, reported 26 people signed up as organ donors and many people present were already donors.
“Since each registered donor could potentially save 8 lives and help improve the health and mobility of 50 others, the ripple effect is huge,” said Schabow. Find out more at donatelifenebraska.com.
Vocalist Sena Ehrhardt has a CD release party at The 21st Saloon Thursday, Sept. 4, 6-9 p.m. Her new CD Live My Life (Blind Pig) produced by David Z, drops Sept. 2 and is getting rave reviews. She is up for two Blues Blast Music Awards. See senaehrhardt.com.
The final preliminary round of the Nebraska Blues Challenge is Sunday, Sept. 7, 3-8 p.m. at The Hive. Watch Facebook.com/BluesSocietyofOmaha for details.
McKenna’s announced last week on their Facebook page that they are closing effective September 27. McKenna’s last show features excellent guitarist Eddie Turner Saturday, Sept. 6, 8 p.m.
WRITER'S UPDATE: McKenna's posted to their Facebook page on Sept. 4 that the Eddie Turner show for Sept. 6 has been cancelled by the artist. They added "We will not be booking any more music. Thank you for your support over the years."