Mom & Dad Save 12-Year-Old Son's Life by Each Donating a Lung

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lung xraySometimes it's important to remember that for every horrible story we hear about horrible parents doing horrible things to their children, there's an equally amazing story about amazing parents doing amazing things for their children. Like the mom and dad in Germany whose 12-year-old son Mari was dying of cystic fibrosis. Hooked up to a ventilator and a heart-lung machine in April, the boy was in desperate need of a double-lung transplant, but doctors couldn't find a suitable donor.

Until mom and dad made a big decision ...

After discovering that both parents had compatible blood types and lungs larger than their son's (which is a requirement in these cases), Mari's mother and father went 50/50 to save his life: Each parent sacrificed a lung.

Can you imagine?! Of course, if you're a parent, you can -- and you would probably do the same thing for your kid if you could (I know I would!). But there's something particularly poetic and heartwrenching about this story: 1 lung from mom + 1 lung from dad = 2 healthy lungs, and a much healthier Mari. The 12-year-old had to spend 155 days in the hospital recovering from the transplant (both mom and dad were apparently back on their feet in no time), but his "prognosis and quality of life" are reportedly "much improved."

I hope and pray that this family enjoys good health for many, many years to come. May every breath they take be deep, clear, and joyful!

Would you give up a lung for your child?

 

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cherylam cherylam

I would give my LIFE for my children... a lung would be a piece of cake.


 


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nonmember avatar diana

I MOST DEFINITELY WOULD I WOULD DO ANYTHING TO SAVE MY CHILD AND MAKE HIM A BETTER LIFE!!! :-)

nonmember avatar Christal

As the mom of a CF child myself I would give my son my lung in a heartbeat! This is a wonderful thing this boys parents were able to do

Treys... Treysmom0209

I would give anything I had to give to help my children.

jessi... jessicasmom1

Finally an inspiring story YES I would give anything to DD 

CPN322 CPN322

"I hope and pray that this family enjoys good health for many, many years to come. May every breath they take be deep, clear, and joyful!"


Agreed!! What wonderful parents!

nonmember avatar Jessenia

Amazing god bless the family and the little boy I will keep him in my prayer

Jannie Scoggins

This is every parents worst nightmare to watch their children die and wish and pray that there was something that they could do to help. I should know, I have been there my baby quit breathing in my arms and I had to do CPR to get him back. This is what these parents did not want to happen so they sacrificed a part of themselves to give their son the life that he so desperately deserved. God works in mysterious ways and this was just one of his many miracles for this family. There are not many stories like this nowadays and sometimes people even begin to wonder if there are parents like this that really exist anymore and these type of stories make it all worth while. 

Tracy Willard

I would give my HEART to my kids!

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