TAMPA (WFLA) – A Wisconsin baby who was waiting for a partial liver transplant to save his life has died.
This was the message put up Wednesday morning on the GoFundMe page set up for the family:
It is with immense sadness that I report that Marcus passed away this morning at 4am. He was comfortable and peaceful. These past 2 weeks Marcus’ family has felt your support through thousands of donor inquiries, in addition to your charitable donations and countless thoughts & prayers. Thank you all for the care and concern you have genuinely expressed for Marcus. Please continue to keep Tony, Whitney, and Dominic in your prayers during this difficult time.
Marcus suffered from a rare disease called immunodeficiency 47 that had destroyed his liver.
Marcus’ 2-year-old brother suffers from the same disease, and one day will also need a transplant.
“(It’s) extremely rare. There are only, from what we were told, there are only 12 cases in the world,” McLean said. This includes Marcus’ 2-year-old brother, who will also need a liver transplant one day.
WISN reports The Transplant Center, a joint program of Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin issued this statement Wednesday afternoon:
“Our care teams are grieving with the Albers. Their family is in our thoughts and have our deepest sympathy. Nobody should have to endure the loss of a child.
“We are grateful for how our community stepped forward in such a remarkable way to support the Albers family. Thousands of individuals signed up to be evaluated as potential donors.
“Currently, there is no national database for living liver donors. Our transplant team spent countless hours following a rigorous process used by programs across the country to identify potential donors.
“As of January 2019, there are more than 113,000 candidates for transplant on the U.S. national waiting list. To add your name to the deceased donor registry list, please go to donatelifewisconsin.org.”
None of Marcus’ family qualified as a donor, so he needed part of a stranger’s liver.