Christmas Miracle: Baby On Waiting List For Liver Transplant Waits For Only 40 Minutes Before Doctors Find A Match

By Claire Parker, Parent Herald December 28, 11:18 am
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Daniel McCabe and his mother, Melody, in a screen shot from an interview with CNN. Daniel is gaining a lot of attraction after he received a donor for his liver transplant just 40 minutes after his name and information were posted on the waiting list.
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It was a Christmas miracle for a family who had a five-month-old baby who had to undergo a liver transplant as after being on the waiting list, a match was found only after 40 minutes. it was a record breaker since most of the children who are on the waiting list for a liver donor wait for a maximum of 86 days.

ABC 13 reported that the baby was identified as Daniel McCabe. He was born last July and was diagnosed with biliary atresia, a disorder that causes scarring in the liver and blocks the bile ducts. The baby was taken by his family to Lurie Children's Hospital in early December for an evaluation but his condition started to deteriorate from then on.

The mother of McCabe, Melody, said that they were advised that the best hope for the survival of their baby was a liver transplant. In Dec. 13, at around 10:15 A.M., McCabe was placed on the waiting list for the liver transplant. His doctors were then notified that there was a potential match.

Dr. Saeed Mohammed, the doctor who is taking care of McCabe, said that he has never seen anything that fast. He also believed that their decision to have him undergo liver transplant was the best thing since the baby's health was deteriorating rapidly.

Melody also said that they are still in shock about how quick they got a notification about the possible match. Transplant surgeon Dr. Riccardo Superina also divided the adult-sized liver to be given to Daniel. The remainder went to another patient at another hospital.

According to the reports, the medical information of McCabe being posted on the wait list made him eligible to be matched quickly. The deceased donor's information was also put up almost at the same time as McCabe's information was available, KXAN reported.

McCabe is said to be doing well now but is expected to stay in the hospital for a few more weeks. They are expected to be released in February.

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