'Epic little free spirit:' 7-year-old Mac stays positive :

WRAL | Hannah Webster

Seven-year-old Mac Hogstrom doesn’t know a stranger, according to his mother, Belinda Hogstrom.

“He just has such a big personality,” she said. “Every person he meets is his next best friend.”

“He’s such a joy.”

His father, Matt Hogstrom couldn’t agree more.

“Mac is like this epic little free spirit,” he said. “He’s very positive. He’s got a great sense of humor.”

But Mac’s seven years on earth have been far from easy — 15 surgeries, 125 appointments with doctors and specialists, 175 needles and more than 400 days and nights in the hospital.

Mac was born with a failing liver, and originally he could not be placed on the donor transplant list. Doctors feared with a limited number of organ donations, giving him the organ with little chance of a positive outcome would be wasting the organ. Continue reading