GOOD NEWS Baby in Need of Dire Liver Transplant Gets Christmas Miracle
Christmas came early for one Wisconsin family.
Infant Daniel McCabe was born with a rare liver disorder, and doctors at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago said he would need a miracle to live.
Well, the McCabe family received that Christmas miracle.
According to Fox 32 Chicago, the McCabe family was notified of a liver donor just 40 minutes after placing Daniel's name on the national registry for transplants.
The average wait for a child to receive a donor liver is 86 days.
The liver, from an adult male in his 30s, was cut in half and transplanted into Daniel during a six-hour surgery. The infant is expected to make a full recovery.
"It's really a matter of luck in a sense. While this happened very quickly and very fortunately, there are people who die every day because there's not an organ available," said Dr. Riccardo Superina.
Adding to this Christmas miracle, the other half of the liver was used in an adult transplant, meaning one liver saved two lives.
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