An Ontario couple faces an unspeakable dilemma: their ailing twin girls both need new livers to live, but the father can only save one.
Michael Wagner found out this week that he is a match to give part of his liver to one of his three-year-old daughters, who both suffer from Alagille syndrome — a genetic disorder that affects the liver, heart and other organs.
A team of doctors at Toronto General Hospital will decide which of the girls, named Binh and Phuoc, will receive the transplant, said Johanne Wagner, Michael’s wife and the girls’ mother.
“We told them we didn’t want to be burdened with the decision making,” she said from Kingston, the family’s hometown.
Johanne Wagner said doctors are expected to perform the surgery in about two weeks. In the meantime, the family is going public with their story in the hopes of finding a donor for the other daughter.