The phrase “Christmas miracle” gets thrown around a lot this time of year, but what just happened to a 5-month-old boy suffering from a rare disease may qualify. Little Daniel McCabe was at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, waiting for a liver transplant that could save his life due to a rare liver disorder called biliary atresia. As it turns out, he didn’t have to wait long at all.
Despite the fact that most people have to wait months or even years on the donor list before a match is found, Daniel had to wait all of 40 minutes after being placed on the list. A liver suddenly became available on the deceased donor registry, and it turned out to be a perfect match for the child, an incredibly rare thing to happen in such a short period of time. In fact, just 43 people nationwide have waited 40 minutes or …
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