It’s the best gift that a family could receive when they learned that their baby boy would receive a new liver.
Daniel McCabe was born with biliary artresia, a rare condition that causes “the bile ducts to be inside or outside the liver do not have normal openings,” according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
When little Daniel was 5-months old his health started to decline and the doctors put him on the to be on the list for a liver transplant.
The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) said that the transplant list can take months or years before receiving good news about an organ and that every day, approximately 22 people die while waiting.
Daniel’s luck wasn’t so grim because on Dec. 13, his Dr. came in after 40-minutes of being on the NIH list and told Daniel’s family that he got a match.
“The doctor came in and was really quiet,” Melody McCabe told ABC News. “He finally said ‘He said he has a liver.'”
Melody said that when she received the news that she felt both sadden and relieved… sad for the donor’s family, but relief that her son was going to get the liver he needed.
“I couldn’t help but think of the [donor] family and what they’re going through and then I felt glad that my son wasn’t going to die,” Melody said.
The short wait time that Daniel and his family experienced is rare, he is one of 43 people nationwide in the last five years to have that short what.
“This is one of the most incredible things that has happened in the five years that I’ve been here,” Justin Boese, Organ Procurement Specialist at Lurie Children’s Hospital, said in a statement.
“The shortest wait time I have seen here was at least 12 hours, so 40 minutes is very unusual.”
The hospital did confirm that Daniel survived the transplant surgery and he is doing well.
“Even hours after surgery,” Melody said. “He still looked a lot better and his color- it was the first time I had seen him not yellow.”
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