Jackson County Commissioner Jack Walker is in good condition today at a Portland hospital following a liver transplant, a hospital spokesperson said.

Walker is at Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, where he traveled for the complicated surgery, which on average lasts about nine hours.

The 68-year-old commissioner has Crohn's disease, which causes a wasting of the intestines and afflicts about 1 million Americans.

In 2005, he suffered complications from surgery to remove a 6-inch section of intestine.

Since then he has been diagnosed as a diabetic and was placed on a liver transplant waiting list. He received a call at 1 a.m. Wednesday that a donor liver was available.

- Staff reports