Sentinel & Enterprise
Miller, 43, received a liver transplant in February. All he knows about the person whose liver saved his life is that he was a 38-year-old man who died of a brain aneurysm at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. But Miller said he thinks about him every day.
"It's really the ultimate gift you can give," said Miller, sitting in the kitchen of his Dracut home, with presents arranged under a beautifully decorated Christmas tree in the next room. "It's Christmastime. What better gift could I have gotten this year?"
Last Christmas, Miller's health suddenly turned for the worse. He had just been diagnosed in November with liver disease after a quick onset of symptoms. The day after Christmas, he was admitted to the hospital, not knowing what was ahead of him.
After a series of tests, it was determined Miller was a candidate for a liver transplant.
He said his brothers, friends and other members of his family said they were willing to be a live donor, but because of the severity of Miller's condition, live donation wasn't an option.