Baby gets life-saving liver donation from 'Star Wars' fan

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Courtesy Walker family
Diana Rotter holds 1-year-old Natalia, the baby who received part of her liver.

Parents searching the planet for an organ donor for their ailing baby found their hero in a "Star Wars"-loving stranger.

Diana Rotter gave part of her liver to 1-year-old Natalia Walker during a multi-hour procedure last week, helping to save her life. The act of kindness left the little girl's family awestruck.

"I cannot fathom how somebody can be so selfless," Diane Walker, Natalia's mom, told TODAY. "Somebody who would just go on the operating table. She had nothing to gain from it, so it's humbling... it's an amazing person."

Walker, who lives in Manassas, Virginia, had never met Rotter before this summer, but the two women turned out to share more than a corner of the galaxy.

First, the baby's story.

Natalia was born on Nov. 17, 2014, with jaundice that never quite went away. By Christmas, she was back in the hospital for tests to figure out what was wrong. The diagnosis: biliary atresia, a rare and life threatening condition in infants.  Continue reading
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