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stroke and cirrhosis

My mother is 64 yrs old.  She found out she had a very cirrhotic looking liver in 1999 when she had her gallbladder remover.  The doctor has been keeping an eye on her liver enzymes.  After seeing a skin doctor for her liver spots she was referred to a GI doc.  Who then referred her to Strong Memorial in Rochester NY.  We are not sure of the actual name of the disease.  She does not have hep nor did she ever drink.  She went to strong for the evaluation and testing to find out where she would be on a transplant list.  2 days later she had a stroke, the bleed type in her frontal lobe.  She has trouble with her thought process and speaking due to the stroke.  There is no history of stroke in the family.  She did have 2 aunts that died from liver disease over 40 years ago.  She was treated for the stroke and sent home and 9 days later had another stroke.  She is being treated for high ammonia levels with lactulose.  Due to the second stroke which affected her basil ganglia area of the brain she is not able to walk.  She is now laying in a bed in rehab.  She is being taken care of pretty well.  The problem is her back end is so raw from the fecal matter being in contact with her skin.  The nurses are trying to keep up with her bowel movements but it is difficult.  They are putting a silver cream on her but it is not giving her much relief.  

I would also like to find out what her possibilities of getting a liver transplant after having 2 strokes within 45 days are?  How can we keep them in check, could it be due to low clotting factors?  She is also on a feeding tube because she hasn't passed a swallow test  and due to the ammonia levels she isn't getting the extensive therapy she needs.

Thank you for any responses.
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