Christmas miracle: Baby receives liver just 40 minutes after going on the transplant list
The average time most children wait for an organ to be donated.
CHICAGO, Ill. (WDRB) -- A baby in desperate need of a liver gets a Christmas miracle.
Tiny Daniel McCabe was dying. The 4-month-old from Wisconsin had been born with a rare liver disorder. Doctors at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago worked to save his life and decided to put him on the transplant list.
On Tuesday, December 20th, Daniel's name was entered on to the national registry at 10:10 a.m. Just 40 minutes later, they got a call.
Mother Melody McCabe says she was shocked. She had been told the average wait for a child to receive a donor liver is 86 days. It was a miracle that Daniel was getting a liver almost immediately.
The liver, from an adult male in his 30s, was cut in half and transplanted into Daniel during a six hour surgery the following day. The other half of the liver went to an adult in need of a transplant. So two lives were saved by one donor.
Doctors say with good nutrition and time and healing, Daniel should be fine. His parents say Daniel is already doing better. His skin is now a normal color for the first time in his short life and he could go home to Wisconsin by mid-January.
"This Christmas is always gonna have a new meaning. Obviously we celebrate the birth of Christ. But now giving Daniel a second chance -- it's a miracle," Joseph said.
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