When he died, his liver saved a baby’s life. Now their families met for the first time

MIAMI HERALD | Alex Harris
At 8-months-old, Deanna Lynn Anderson was dying from a blocked liver duct but was saved by an organ donation from Kenneth Romero, 23. On Friday, April 21, 2017, Deanna, now 3 years old, and her family met Romero’s family for the first time during a National Donate Life Blue and Green Day Event at Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Headquarters in Doral.
Emily Michot emichot@miamiherald.com
They shared the same laugh, the same goofy spirit and the same favorite color — red.

Deanna Anderson, 3, also has a new liver thanks to Kenneth Romero, who died three years ago at age 23 from an asthma attack.

Deanna was only 3 months old when doctors told her parents, Heidi and Eric, that their child’s rare liver disease meant she wouldn’t live to her first birthday.

“I don’t think I’ve ever felt weaker in my life,” Heidi Anderson, 35, recalled Friday at a National Donate Life event at Miami-Dade Fire Rescue headquarters in Doral.

In front of her, Deanna preened and posed for cameras, laughing and shaking her curly reddish-blond hair. She wore a blue and green tutu — a nod to her favorite hobby — and a T-shirt that read, “The greatest hero I ever knew was the donor who saved my life.” “Kenneth,” in glittery black script, was emblazoned on the back. Continue reading
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