Transplant donor dad's joy as doctors use his liver to save daughter

Dally Record UK | Jenny Morrison

WHEN 13-year-old schoolgirl Vivica Rose was diagnosed with end-stage liver disease, medics told her family that her best hope of survival was a transplant - and hero dad Tony McArthur was delighted to volunteer.

WHEN Tony McArthur gave up drinking alcohol almost 20 years ago, he knew it would be good for his own health – but he never imagined it could save the life of his daughter too.

And the pair of them have the scars to prove it. Schoolgirl Vivica Rose, 13, fell seriously ill in May and her family were devastated to be broken the news that she had end-stage liver disease.

Doctors told her parents Tony, 38, and Kerry, 36, that their only child’s best hope of survival was a liver transplant. They warned them she was so dangerously ill, she needed to be placed in a medically induced coma until a liver became available.

Without a moment’s hesitation, dad Tony begged medics to use him as a living donor and take a piece of his liver to save Vivica.

Initial tests revealed Tony had a smaller liver than most men his size but medics were so impressed by the health of his liver that they allowed the operation to go ahead. Continue reading