A day with J.J.: Teen puts on a brave face while waiting for a transplant

WVUE |  Nancy Parker
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The pint-sized Who Dat who kicked a dancing Panthers player out of the Saints end zone last fall turned 15 years old in March. Since his trash talk went viral, Jarrius "J.J." Robertson has had more excitement than most people see in a lifetime. But behind the smile, he deals with a serious liver condition and desperately needs a transplant.

"It's biliary atresia and it's a liver disease. The worst part is that I don't get to do sports like other kids do like football and other sports," J.J. said.

When Jarrius is out of the spotlight, he spends his days at Lutcher High School's Career and Technical Center. His classmates tower over him. Even though he's 15, he's only as tall as a 6 year old. It's a side effect of his condition that he's battled all his life. An independent study curriculum allows him to work from his computer anywhere. He can receive treatments at any time, and be ready if a liver transplant is imminent.

"He's very sick, and I must say he hides it. He don't show it because he has an image he has to become to fight. His fight is unbelievable," said Jordy Robertson, J.J.'s dad. Continue reading

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