From Cinnamon –
Tonight we found out that the donor liver has an interesting anatomy. There are actually two separate arteries that leave the aorta. One goes to the larger section of the liver while the other goes to the smaller section. We also found out that there is a 2 year old across the street at Children’s Hospital who is the same blood type as Scott and is waiting for a liver. Because of the anatomy of this particular liver, it will be relatively easy to split off the smaller piece with it’s own artery and transplant the toddler, while the larger piece can go into Scott with it’s own artery. Because the liver is Scott’s we had the choice of keeping the entire liver, or we could “donate” the smaller piece to the toddler. The piece Scott would get would be larger than the piece that he would be getting if we were going through with the live donor option. Clearly, it wasn’t even a decision! The surgeon told us that if he felt like Scott’s transplant was going to be compromised in the slightest, he wouldn’t split the liver…but we feel like God has opened this amazing door to share this liver. So, tomorrow, hopefully there’s a momma who’s going to get the best Mother’s Day present ever 🙂 !
I’m just emotionally exhausted… remembering back to Autumn’s accident as I think about the donor family. We were told then that had Autumn’s Glasgow Coma scale been one point lower they would have just talked to us about donating her organs. I can’t imagine the pain that they are dealing with right now. Then thinking about the toddler’s family and how much that momma’s heart has been hurting for her baby, but now there’s a liver coming…it’s a lot! Please pray that we will be able to split the liver and the surgeries will go smoothly for both teams at University and Children’s. Please pray for the toddler’s family that they will feel a peace and that the pieces of liver will begin to function smoothly after transplant. Also continue to pray for comfort and peace for the donor family. There are multiple organ donations that are happening as a result of this tragedy, so I’m praying that they can find some comfort in that! The team will be getting the liver around 5 am and bringing it back. Scott’s start time will be around 10am. The surgery is anywhere from 6-10 hours. I’ll keep you all updated as I have info. Thank you so much for your prayers and support! We are blessed to have you all as family and friends!