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26 May 2024

Dad's dilemma: He can only save one child

Twin girls Binh and Phuoc are both in need of liver transplants. (Facebook)

By Staff

A family in Canada is facing a heart-wrenching dilemma. Their three-year-old twin girls need liver transplant and the dad - who is an exact match to give a part of his liver – can donate only to one of them.

Michael Wagner and his wife adopted the twins from Vietnam when they were just 18 months old. They are now diagnosed with Alagille syndrome, a genetic disorder affecting the liver, meaning they both require transplants, reported pix11.com

The parents reportedly told doctors they do not want the burden of choosing. So a team of doctors would decide which child will receive the transplant. Meanwhile, the couple hope another donor is found in time for the other child.


The couple has taken to social media requesting for donors.

The operation will be performed in two weeks.

The mother was quoted as saying that when they left the orphanage with the kids the first thing they bought was “two little containers with dragonflies on them” and that’s where they would “lay their ashes in case they didn’t make it”.

However, the couple who understand the reality that a liver does not guarantee a full life, remain hopeful.