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Family holding out hope that ailing husband, father can again beat the odds

Larry Brosius is running out of options.

After two failed kidney transplants -- one from his wife, Theresa -- the 51-year-old accountant is in critical condition in Rochester's Strong Memorial Hospital.

As serious as the situation is, the family refuses to give up.

"Larry has always found a way to beat the odds," said Theresa's sister, May Marrone. "We're all hoping and praying this is one of those times."

The community also is coming forward to help. A benefit to help defray soaring medical bills will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday in St. Teresa's Catholic School, 1018 College Ave., Niagara Falls.

A kidney transplant 14 years ago gave Larry Brosius a new lease on life, but the organ stopped working 10 years ago and had to be removed. His other kidney became infected and also had to be removed.

Without a functioning kidney, a dialysis machine kept him alive while he waited for a donor. A nationwide search failed to come up with a match. But one was closer than the couple realized.

Theresa Brosius was tested and found to be a match. But her husband was too weak to undergo the surgery. A scheduled transplant two years ago had to be canceled because of his poor health.

In July, Brosius had rallied sufficiently to withstand the transplant and received one of his wife's kidneys at Strong Memorial.

At first, all went well, but then another infection set in and the kidney had to be removed. Brosius is back on dialysis and too weak for another transplant.

Larry and Terry Brosius have six children, ranging in age from 15 to 26. The 15-year-old lives with his mother in Lewiston.

Terry Brosius, though still weak from giving up one of her kidneys, makes the two-hour drive to Rochester every other day to visit her husband. She works the remainder of the week as a dental assistant for her brother-in-law, Michael J. Marrone, a Niagara Falls dentist.

"My family and friends are my greatest strength," she said.

Her family and friends see it differently. "Before donating her own kidney, Terry was working three jobs to pay the bills," said Jerry Canada, Larry's brother-in-law. "Talk about grit."

e-mail: bmichelmore@buffnews.com

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