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Stephanie Grassullo
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Parents Make Public Plea to Find Liver Donor for Baby With Rare Genetic Disorder

"We'll keep fighting and hopefully he'll hang on."
PUBLISHED ON 04/03/2019

Five-month-old Marcus is fighting for his life. The baby boy is living with liver failure and doctors say he has just weeks to live, according to

Marcus has Immunodeficiency 47, a rare genetic disorder. Currently, there are only 12 known cases in the world passed down through the mother. Only baby boys are at risk of the disorder, which attacks the liver and gives patients weeks to live. His parents, Whitney McLean and Tony Albers, are unable to donate part of their liver. The family was given a glimmer of hope when they thought they found a donor, but after running tests, they were heartbroken to discover it wasn’t a match.

Desperate for a miracle, they’ve turned to the public for help. "We'll keep fighting and hopefully he'll hang on," McLean tells "He's fighting so we have to fight."

Potential donors need to meet the following criteria:

  • O blood type
  • Weigh less than 150 pounds
  • Under 40 years old
  • Must be in good health (no smoking or drinking)
  • Can’t be recently pregnant

Doctors only need 25 percent of the donor’s liver, and they say it’ll grow back completely within six months. More information is available here.

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