By MELINDA WILLIAMS
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Less than two months after being placed on the organ transplant list, Pulaski County native Rachel Gregory succumbed Wednesday to liver disease.
Gregory, daughter of retired Pulaski County Police Det. Jimmie Gregory and Elizabeth Gregory of South Carolina, died in Greenville, S.C. with family by her side, according to her “Share Her Smile” Facebook page. A graveside service will be held in Greenville at a later date.
Gregory was diagnosed with liver disease over six years ago and was able to slow its progression with medication until complications left her in need of a liver transplant in late 2011. Numerous fundraisers have been held, including several in Pulaski County, to help raise the estimated $800,000 needed to be placed on the transplant list and pay for her surgery and ongoing medical expenses.
Gregory had primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), which damages the liver’s bile ducts through inflammation and scarring. This causes bile to back up in the liver and ultimately causes the organ to lose its ability to function.
The family asks that memorials be made to PSC Partners Seeking A Cure, 5237 South Kenton Way, Englewood, CO 80111.
Memorial messages can be sent to the family at www.jhenrystuhr.com.