A Wisconsin mother discovered something disturbing after she offered to donate part of her liver to her son.
Auden Evensen of Lake Mills, Wisconsin, has been waiting for a liver donation, ABC News reports. Though he’s just 4 years old, he was diagnosed with a rare condition called alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency at 8 weeks old, which makes him unable to create a key enzyme that helps control blood sugar. As a result, he can’t play without overheating and developing a fever.
Auden’s mother, Kerri Evensen, decided to donate part of her own liver, but during an MRI to determine if the procedure was feasible, doctors discovered she had an aneurysm near her kidney.
”It was to the point if we did go through and have another child ... the aneurysm could have burst and could have been severely life-threatening,” her husband, Tom Evensen, told ABC News.
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Fortunately, the aneurysm was treatable and Kerri underwent surgery to have it repaired. In the coming weeks, she will be able to make a liver donation to her son.
"All of the ailments that Auden is currently dealing with will be removed once the transplant is complete," Tom added.
Kerri is grateful they found the aneurysm.
“I know I would never had done any other test to find this aneurysm in time,” Kerri told WKOW. “So he absolutely 100 percent saved my life, by checking ... to save his life.”
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The family has created a GoFundMe page to offset the cost of the transplant. They’ve raised $3,030 of their $25,000 goal as of this writing.