Friday, June 17, 2016

A dad, a daughter and a gift of life


When Miles Fawcett's daughter Serena was born 10 years ago with a bad liver, he gave his baby girl part of his. That kind of living donor transplant is fairly rare in the United States, where most organs come from deceased donors.
WTOP | Paula Wolfson

WASHINGTON — A lot of parents say they would do anything for their child. D.C. dad Miles Fawcett actually did it.

When his daughter Serena was born 10 years ago with a bad liver, Fawcett gave his baby girl part of his.

That kind of living donor transplant is fairly rare in the United States, where most organs come from cadavers.

But there are limited options for infants, especially ones such as Serena, who had a condition called biliary atresia — the most common cause of liver transplants in children.

The diagnosis was overwhelming for both Fawcett and his wife, Mira Saxena. They put their baby on the regular transplant list, and then got tested to see whether one of them could be a living donor.

“My blood type was a match,” Miles said, remembering the day the call came to their home in American University Park, and the sense of relief that washed over his body. Continue reading
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