Most children like to think of their fathers as heroes. But for Tristan Theerman, it’s the real deal. His dad, Jeremy, literally saved Tristan’s life.
Little Tristan was born with biliary atresia, a disease that destroys the liver’s bile ducts. Tristan was in bad shape. They waited three months to see if a donor organ might become available, but the chances are slim with an infant. So Jeremy decided he would donate a portion of his own liver to save his child. And it worked. To read more about Jeremy’s heroic act, click here.
This article reminded us of a similar story involving an NFT patient. Courtney Williams was born with a genetic disease that severely damaged her liver. As an infant, she was diagnosed with cirrhosis, and a transplant was her only hope.
At that time, very few liver transplants had been performed using a living donor. Courtney’s mother didn’t hesitate to give a piece of herself to save Courtney’s life.
The family had to raise $150,000 before Courtney could be transplanted, so they turned to NFT for help. In just five months, they raised the entire amount, and Courtney received her transplant in May 1990. Today, she’s 21 and hopes to become a nurse. To read more about Courtney’s transplant journey, click here.