NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 3-month-old boy recovering from an often fatal liver disease is home for the first time since birth.
“He was diagnosed with a very rare disease, neonatal hemochromatosis, and speaking to the doctors, there’s been 30 cases in the last 20 years in the U.S.,” said father Hussain Gadit.
Baby Ali Gadit, born on October 3, tested positive right at birth. The red flags were extremely low blood sugar and platelet count. He’s alive today because of an 11th hour organ donation at Mount Sinai Hospital from an anonymous family whose child had a terminal illness.
That one baby might’ve saved five or six others. The Gadits will never know that family, however.
“No, we respect their privacy,” Gadit told CBS 2′s Emily Smith.
The Gadits shared their little miracle with CBS 2, and hope that by sharing their story, others will be inspired to donate organs. It saved their baby’s life, and you never know whose life you may save.
“You don’t know who or where you’re going to help but it’s definitely worth it,” Gadit said.
The family calls baby Ali their miracle boy. Ali takes 10 medications a day, but the liver transplant so far has been a success.
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