MILWAUKEE — A baby boy who continues to fight for his life at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is in desperate need of a partial liver transplant, CBS affiliate WDJT reports.
Marcus Albers has been given only weeks to live by doctors, his parents told WDJT.
"It's pretty critical," Marcus' mother added.
The 4-month-old appeared fine a week and a half ago while he was playing with his older brother. Now he's in the ICU fighting for his life.
Marcus was born with Immunodeficiency 47, a rare liver disease. Doctors told the family he needs a partial liver from a living donor, and neither of his parents are able to donate.
To his parents, it's not just a liver donation. It's a future for their child.
The donor's liver can regenerate or grow back in a few months, according to the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences' website.
The donor would not be asked to cover medical costs for the donation. A GoFundMe has also been set up for Marcus' medical costs.
Are you a match?
The donor must meet the following criteria:
- Have type O blood
- Be under 150 pounds
- Be under 50-years-old
Even if you're not a match for Marcus, you could be a match for the 406 children waiting to find a liver match in the United States through the American Transplant Foundation.
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