8-Year-Old Boy Hugs Nurse Who Gave Him Part of Her Liver to Save His Life


Today, modernized technologies prove the possibility of more people to become organ donors. It is now very easy to list yourself as an organ donor, which is an act that helps to save the lives of people who need it.

These act will be a remarkably good deed, something that will be remembered and brings immense happiness after saving someone’s life, for both donors and acceptors.

The eight-year-old Brayden who had just finished competing in the state wrestling championship was diagnosed with an aggressive virus that attacked his liver in April this year. His parents, Ruth and James Auten were shocked when they were acknowledged that the only way to help Brayden is to transplant a liver as soon as possible. They shared the story online, hoping to find a donor, which is not an easy procedure.

Fortunately, Camie Loritz, an ICU nurse in Milwaukee, tried to help and found out she was the perfect match for that surgery. However, Loritz wanted to stay anonymous and both surgeries took place on May 15.

After two weeks, with the Loritz’s permission, the hospital organized a meeting for them to meet each other.

Brayden’s father said:

“She has given up time and went through pain to make sure that my son has a chance to walk by my side again and be able to live and thrive like a regular 7yr old boy. So thank you Cami Loritz I will never be able to repay the gift that you have given my son and all of us!” He added also that by saving his son’s life she did what was entirely selfless and generous.

For Brayden’s mom, Ruth Auten, the act of Loritz was priceless, and now they consider her as one of their family. After recovering from the partial liver transplant, Brayden returned to his home and he is back to school too.

But, not only had the Brayden’s family responded positively, a few months later Loritz thanked everyone for supporting her and the little hero. She explains that after almost 4 months post-transplant it is heartwarming seeing Brayden enjoy being a kid again. She feels happy that his family gets the chance to have their little boy back and healthy.

Brayden’s parents don’t want this happy ending to end here. They believe and support living organ donation as a FEASIBLE concept to SAVE LIVES!

They are now asking for everyone’s help to educate the public and raising awareness about living organ donation. They suggest lessening the deficit between the number of organs needed and the number of organs available.

Parents send a special shout and thankfulness to the Transplant Team, Transplant ICU, and 4NW staff (especially nurses 😉) at Froedtert Hospital for making this all possible!

Liver Transplantation

The liver, as one of the largest body organs, has numerous important roles, including converting nutrients from foods into useful substances, producing proteins, absorbing toxins and converting them into harmless substances.

It is often challenging to diagnose the liver problem at an early stage because the liver viruses cause vague symptoms.

When the patient is diagnosed with failing liver a liver transplant is an option. Before adding a patient to the waiting list for an organ donor, the risks and the benefits of the surgery are carefully analyzed. The surgery usually lasts between 6-8 hours.

There are some criteria that a candidate for a liver transplant should meet, including not suffering from a severe, irreversible medical condition with short-term life expectancy, to not be an active substance user, to not have severe pulmonary hypertension, to not suffering from a systemic or uncontrollable infection or cancer that spreads to other body parts.

A partial liver can be donated from a living person, a friend or a relative, but in most cases, liver donors are people who have been declared brain dead, if their next of kin have agreed.

However, there are cases where the donors are strangers that can save somebody’s life, as Loritz did.





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