Heroic Uncle's Decision to Become a Liver Donor Saved His 1-year-old Nephew's Life
In late 2019, Matt and Andrea Campbell's heart sank as their son Brook was diagnosed with acute liver failure after noticing that Brooks' eyes and skin looked yellow, a sign of jaundice.
Disqualified as a donor due to blood clotting disorder, Matt was not an eligible match leaving Andrea, however, she was expecting. Urgently needing a transplant in a matter of days, Andrea’s younger brother, Grant, spontaneously flew up from Texas and volunteered to see if he could be a successful donor for his nephew.
"If he would not have received a transplant, he would have died," Andrea said on TODAY. "You're in like fight-or-flight mode. And we were very much like, whatever needs to be done, let's do it."
During this time, Grant himself had been going through a tough time. “I started having suicidal thoughts and thought about taking my own life, ” Grant recalls. "I'm just so grateful that I didn't, because 10 months later, little Brooks needed me to be there. And I say all the time he saved my life,” Grant says of his nephew. The tests proved he was a match, and Brooks underwent successful 13-hour surgery saving his life.
Brooks inspiring journey and Grant's selfless act has resulted in a radiant and healthy, Brooks, who is now 2-years-old.
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