Family Adds Baby To Transplant List at 10:15am. At 10:55am, A Match

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*One of my former in-laws used to talk about needing to know someone who knew how “to get a prayer through” to God.  After reading about the McCabe family of Chicago, you’ll agree that they’re on that list of folks!

Five-month old Daniel McCabe had been fighting a rare liver disorder since he was born.  Just before Christmas, things got so dire that doctors placed him on a waiting list for a new liver, and prepared the family for a wait of several weeks, if not months.  (The average wait for a liver is 86 days for kids and up to 149 days for adults.)

Paperwork was processed and little Daniel went on the donor request list at 10:15am one recent morning.  At 10:55am a doctor received word that a donor match had been identified and that Daniel’s new liver was on the way.

The infant had successful surgery the following evening and is now recuperating.

“I was just speechless,” mom Melody McCabe said.

Not much is known about the donor, other than he was a male in his 30s.

“It’s one a million, you know,” surgeon Riccardo Superina said.  “I can’t ever remember having something like this happen.  We were prepared to wait a few months — in fact at one point I think the plan was to evaluate one of the parents for donations.”

“This is a Christmas we’ll never forget,” dad Daniel McCabe said.

And this story just keeps getting better and better.  The donor liver was split in two and thus saved the lives of two patients!  

So miracles DO happen.  I need some contact information for the McCabe family for when I need to get a prayer through.  And I’m updating my information on my organ donor card.  You should think about it, too.  In the event of the unthinkable happening, you could be a literal life-saving blessing to someone else.  

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This blog was written by freelancer Michael P Coleman.  Connect with him on Twitter.

 

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