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Alpha baby gets life-saving liver transplant from godmother

Our partners at the Alpha-1 Foundation have some incredible news to share!

“An Alpha baby who desperately needed a liver transplant found the perfect match when his godmother came through with the lifesaving gift.

Finn O’Sullivan

Eight-month-old Finn O’Sullivan has both Alpha-1 and biliary atresia, a rare disease of the liver and bile ducts that occurs in infants.

Getting Finn a new liver was “exceedingly crucial,” said Adam Griesemer, MD, one of Finn’s transplant surgeons and the assistant attending physician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.

“He would not have lived for long,” Griesemer said, adding that Finn’s dual conditions are “pretty unusual” and that this is the first time he has seen a child with this combination of issues.

Kate Mullen, Finn’s mom and the lifelong friend of Sarah McKitterick, Finn’s liver donor and godmother, waited to find out who among their family and friends might be a match for the baby.

“I knew I was the one,” McKitterick told ABC News.”

Click here to read the full story on Alpha-1 Foundation’s website.