Call it a holiday miracle. Five month old Daniel McCabe has been fighting a rare liver disorder since the day he was born. When his condition recently worsened, he was placed on the waiting list for a new liver.
According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, the average wait time for a child is 86 days. But Daniel got lucky—he went on the list at 10:15 a.m. and by 10:55 a.m., his doctor received the good news that they had found a life-saving match, making the little boy one of just 43 people nationwide to have waited less than 40 minutes!
"This is one of the most incredible things that has happened in the five years that I've been here," said Justin Boese, Organ Procurement Specialist at Lurie Children's in a hospital blog post. "Patients even in the most critical statuses can wait anywhere from a few days to a few months to a few years for a liver. It just goes to show the importance of organ donation. There aren't always organs available, and we were very, very fortunate in this circumstance that we were able to list Daniel as quickly as we were able to and that at almost exactly that moment a liver was becoming available elsewhere in our region."
Daniel's surgery took eight hours but he is recovering well in Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, where he'll stay for another three weeks or so. "We had a lot of prayer warriors praying for Daniel," his mom Melody explained. "This is the greatest gift we could receive this season."