Smith William McRae

Smith McRae

Smith McRae

I was diagnosed with biliary atresia, a rare liver disease, at the young age of two months old. During the next four months of my life I was in and out of hospitals fighting liver failure and everything that comes with it – severe jaundice, malnutrition, ascites, low platelets, and infections. I was put on nutrition through an IV to help me gain weight for a potential transplant, and finally on July 1, 2009, at six months of age, I received my special gift of life, a liver transplant. My medical team proclaimed that I would not have made it my first birthday without this dear gift. Because of my donor angel, today I am a typical, curious and active boy.My favorite things to do are eating, "cooking,” "fixing” broken toys, and playing outside with my brother Raz. I am able to enjoy life with my family and friends because someone else’s family chose to donate life. My family and I will never forget nor take for granted the precious gift my donor’s family has given me.

-Smith William McRae, liver transplant recipient