Seven-Year-Old Transplant Recipient Shares Her Inspiring Story To Help Others


PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A 7-year-old transplant recipient, who shares an organ with 1960’s heartthrob Bobby Rydell, has a message of hope. She’s launched a new project that she’s hoping will inspire others.

With bouncy curls and an infectious smile, it’s hard to believe that 7-year-old Assiah Phinisee spent the first years of life in and out of hospitals. As an infant, she suffered liver failure and received her transplant at 14 months old.

I don’t really remember,” she says of that time.

“I went through an experience of watching my daughter die in front of me,” says Rasheena Phinisee, “it was life and death– bad skin, hair and teeth falling out.” Continue reading