Highlights A rare liver disorder called for a liver transplant for the 5-month-old baby Daniel McCabe. Within an hour after the doctors added him in the waiting list, he received a donor. A liver transplant is surgery to replace a diseased liver with a healthy liver from another person. A whole liver may be transplanted, or just part of one. Daniel McCabe, the 5-month-old, has been fighting a rare liver disorder since he was born. On Dec. 13 doctors placed him on the waiting list for a new liver and prepared to wait weeks, if not months, with his life in the balance. Daniel went on the list at 10:15 a.m., and at 10:55 a.m., a doctor received the good news and walked into his room at Chicago's Lurie Children's Hospital to inform his mom. "I was just speechless," recounted Melody McCabe. The average wait for a liver is 149 days for adults and 86 days for kids. Only about 40 people have gotten a match in 40 minutes or less over the last five years. The infant from Waukesha, Wisconsin, had successful surgery the following evening is now recuperating. ‘Only about 40 people have got a match in 40 minutes or less over the last five years.’ Riccardo Superina, says Daniel is one of the smallest transplant patients the hospital has ever operated on - weighing in at less than 9 pounds. The organ came from a 30 year old donor. The liver was split into 2 - one piece was given to Daniel, and the other was given to an adult patient. "It's one in a million, you know. I can't ever remember having something like this happen. We were prepared to wait a few months—in fact at one point I think the plan was to evaluate one of the parents for donations," said surgeon Riccardo Superina. Daniel's parents expressed sorrow for the donor's family as well as profound thanks. "This is a Christmas we'll never forget," says dad Daniel McCabe.Source: Medindia << Blood Donation Drops During Holidays When It’s Actually Need... Doctors Learn Sign Language to Communicate With Hearing-Spee... >> Recommended Reading Living Donor Liver Transplant: What Are the Risks? The risk of dying as a result of a living donor liver segment removal is between 0.2-2.0%. The risk of morbidity is anywhere between 1.3% (in highly experienced centers) to 60%. READ MORE Hepatitis Challenge and Liver Transplants in India - Liver Specialist Speaks Viral Hepatitis awareness is less and its misconception more in India, says Dr. Mohamed Rela, international liver specialist, speaking on Viral hepatitis and liver transplantation in India. READ MORE Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Find out more about the degenerative disease- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. READ MORE Current Treatments for Liver Cancer Current Treatments for Liver Cancer (also known as hepatoma or hepatocellular carcinoma) can result in complete cure of the disease if it is detected early. READ MORE Fatty Liver Disease: A Growing Health Problem in India Non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the leading cause of liver dysfunction worldwide and is a rapidly growing health problem in India. READ MORE Hepatitis A Hepatitis A is the most benign of the hepatitis viruses and usually has no long term side effects. Hepatitis A vaccine is available that is 95% effective in preventing the disease. READ MORE Milk Thistle Milk Thistle is a resourceful natural plant which has many medicinal benefits. In herbal medication milk thistle is used in cases of liver diseases. READ MORE Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Neonatal abstinence syndrome is a condition where newborn babies experience withdrawal symptoms due to use of addictive illicit or prescription drugs such as narcotics. READ MORE Pregnancy and Antenatal Care What is Antenatal care and its importance during pregnancy for mother and baby, with details on the medical test preformed during the first visit to the doctor. READ MORE Wilson's Disease This is a rare inherited systemic disorder of copper metabolism, affecting the liver mainly before other organs. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Drug Interaction Checker Daily Calorie Requirements Find a Doctor More News on: Hepatitis APregnancy and Antenatal CareLiverAmyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)Wilson's DiseaseNeonatal Abstinence SyndromeMilk ThistleCurrent Treatments for Liver CancerFatty Liver Disease: A Growing Health Problem in IndiaLiving Donor Liver Transplant: What Are the Risks?