Emilie: Donate Life today

April 14, 2008 at 10:08 am Leave a comment

If you didn’t know already I’m an aunt to a 4 year old boy who, if you didn’t know his past, looks like he never had a hard day in his short (but active) life. Anthony is quite the active 4 year old filled with lots of questions, energy and love. But from early on in his life my family didn’t know if we’d get to see him grow up and become the handsome little man that he is today. Anthony was born with a bad liver (there are bigger words to describe this, but I’m trying to make it simple! My sister knows all the right words…) and what started out as a “jaundice” diagnosis became a “He needs a new liver NOW’ diagnosis. At 4 months old Anthony was near death and I didn’t know how to handle losing the only baby I’d ever felt could have been my own.

We waited for a liver to be donated, but none came. So my brother-in-law was cleared physically and mentally (I know I’m shocked as well..I’M JUST KIDDING!) to endure surgery and donate a piece of his liver to his son.

4 years later this is the face I get to see asking me, “MIMI – DO YOU WANT TO PLAY PUZZLES?!” Of course I want to play puzzles. “MIMI — WANT TO PLAY CONNECT ZERO?” Of course I’ll play Connect Zero…although I think it’s called Connect Four. “NO!!! IT’S ZERO! SEE? THE PIECES ARE IN THE SHAPE OF A ZERO” Ah, sure…ok.

The moral of this story is to remind everyone that April is Donate Life awareness month.

If you’re not an organ donor and would like to be — please click here.  Anthony’s liver may not have come from a stranger, but many lives can be saved this way.

Check out the cutest 4 year old boy you’ve ever seen below.
Funny Xmas face This was his funny Christmas face.

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