‘Teen Mom’: Amber Portwood’s Father Needs Life-Saving Liver Transplant

Amber Portwood Is Interviewed By Dr. Drew


The father of TEEN MOM’s Amber Portwood is in a race against the clock to secure a life-saving liver transplant.

Shawn Portwood, 50, was removed from a ventilator at an Orlando hospital Monday and is awaiting transfer to another nearby facility where family members are hopeful a donor organ will become available.

“They have accepted him over at Florida Hospital, so it is just a matter of getting him over there,” his brother David, a central Florida architect and real estate developer tells me.

Years of substance abuse have taken a toll on the former home improvement specialist.

“He has a very high concentration of pneumonia in his system right now.  His liver is not functioning anymore.  It has completely failed.”

“When I was with him on Saturday, he didn’t want to be here anymore.  He was ready to [die].  But now I think he wants to fight this.”

Amber — who is currently promoting her new book, NEVER TOO LATE — canceled a personal appearance over the weekend in her hometown of Anderson, Indiana and tweeted:  “Everyone please pray for my father he’s in ICU…I appreciate it and sending love always.”

She then disappeared from social media for 24 hours.

It was presumed that Amber (who herself has struggled with drugs and alcohol) was headed to be at her father’s bedside, but we have received conflicting reports about her whereabouts.

Her older brother, Shawn Jr., is believed to be back in Indiana.

UPDATE (12/16 3:15 AM EST):  Amber and her brother are insisting that they have not been missing in action and have in fact both been to visit their father within the past 24 hours.  


Shawn Portwood’s health issues have been well documented.

He first experienced liver failure in 2004 following years of substance abuse.


“When you have an addiction, you can’t stop it,”  David says.

He was also diagnosed with cancer (Squamous cell carcinoma) in 2012.

Shawn Jr. attempted to raise money for his father’s medical expenses through the crowdfunding site GiveForward.com — but the campaign was only able to generate $180.

According to his brother, Shawn’s family can’t afford the $100,000 operation, but it is likely to be paid for by Medicaid.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Portwood family at this difficult time.

Sean Daly

Sean Daly

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Sean Daly is a veteran entertainment journalist.His work has appeared in People, Us Weekly, The Toronto Star and other top publications. He was the west coast TV reporter for The New York Post from 2008 - 2013. Sean is the author of Inside AGT: The Untold Stories of America's Got Talent and Teen Mom Confidential: Secrets and Scandals From MTV's Most Controversial Shows.
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