For adult patients the average wait for a donor liver is about 149 days. For children it’s 86. But for 5-month-old Daniel McCabe and his family – it was a record breaker.
Shortly after his birth in July, Daniel was diagnosed with biliary atresia – a rare disorder that causes scarring in the liver and blocks the bile ducts. The infant came to Lurie Children’s Hospital in early December for an evaluation. But soon after his arrival, his condition quickly deteriorated.
“His condition was worsening and becoming dire,” says his mother Melody McCabe.
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The 5-month-old’s best hope for survival was a liver transplant. So on December 13, at 10:15am, Daniel was placed on the wait list for a new organ.
“I think it was the best thing for him. He was deteriorating fairly rapidly, even for this disease. Usually it’s not …