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Monday August 31st, 2015 10:00PM

Gainesville man who had multiple organ transplant dies

By Ken Stanford
GAINESVILLE - A man who underwent the transplant of multiple abdominal organs has died eight months after undergoing the transplants at a hospital in Indiana.

Don Little, 56, died Thursday at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

About 75 friends, relatives and other well-wishers greeted Little last December when he arrived home from Indianapolis by private plane at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville. (See earlier story.)

Little was a pancreatic cancer survivor and the "abdominal transplant" involved replacing his liver, pancreas and stomach. He is one of only a handful of people ever to undergo this type of transplant.

In a posting on her Facebook page, Little's sister, Connie Little Stephens, said her brother "was a warrior who fought until the very end! He never complained, he never lost faith in God, he loved, he inspired, and encouraged us all even in the mist of his suffering. We grieve his loss but celebrate his life."

Little's funeral will be at 2:00 Sunday at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. (A complete obituary can be found on the AccessNorthGa.com Obituaries Page.)

(AccessNorthGa.com's Rob Moore and B.J. Williams contributed to this story.)
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