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Canadian Father Donates Part Of His Liver To His Daughter

| by Arthur Kogan
Father and Daughter.Father and Daughter.

Michael Wagner is currently recovering from a surgery in which he had to make one of the toughest decisions in his life.

Michael and his wife Johanne learned that both of their 3-year-old twin daughters, who they adopted from Vietnam, Phuoc and Binh, were suffering from Alagille syndrome, a "genetic disorder that can affect the liver, heart, and other parts of the body."

Michael was only able to give just a portion of his liver to one of his daughters, and eventually chose Phuoc because doctors suggested she needed it most.

The surgery took place on Feb. 10, and has been a success so far, writes Daily Mail. Five days after the surgery, the family posted a video showing the heartwarming and emotional moment when the father and daughter were reunited in Phuoc’s hospital room.

“Hey, mon belle!” Michael is heard saying to his daughter in the video, which translates to 'Hey, my beauty' in French. 

The family elected to use social media to potentially find a willing donor for Binh. “So hard to believe we are hitting the one week mark: it seems like a blurr (sic),” Johanne wrote on Facebook. “Michael still in hospital, Phuoc still on morphine, and mommy holding on on coffee. Still a fair amount of discomfort for Michael but he managed to visit his little girl two days in a row.”

The hospital has received 400 submissions from people offering to be a donor for Binh and is hoping to make a decision within the next few days to weeks.

Michael, despite having already made a tremendous life-changing decision that will save the life of his daughter, wishes he could have done the same for Binh.

"The cruel part of the liver is that you can only do it once," he told Yahoo News.

Gary Levy, who runs the liver donor program at the Toronto General Hospital, told the Canadian Press that donors can give up to 70 percent of their liver, which will regrow to its full size, but it can only be done once.

Michael and Johanne Wagner will be waiting patiently for the second donor, but understand the difficulty of this process. “We're trying to keep ourselves busy," Johanne said. "That's the easy part with nine children bouncing around the house.”

The family is expected to hold a conference on Feb. 19 to discuss the surgeries and current situation.

Sources:  Daily Mail, Yahoo News, Global News, Genetics Home Reference  /  Photo Source: Pixabay