When Sarah and Chris St.James discovered that Sarah was pregnant with their second child, a little girl, they were over the moon with excitement.
Like with all parents, they were ecstatic when their daughter was born with no complications and was perfectly health.
This all changed when they brought her home and discovered something was wrong with their beautiful little newborn baby girl.
Their daughter Sloan was born health and fit, but when she was close to two months of age her parents noticed something was not wuite right. Sloan was becoming very chubby, more noticeably around her belly which led her parents to become concerned.
Their baby was feeding and developing as any baby should.
But her belly continued to get more and more bloated, leading to Sarah and Chris becoming very concerned about Sloan’s well being.
Sarah and Chris decided to take her to the hospital for a four month check up to see if everything was ok!
Unfortunately, the doctor made a grim discovery, and gave the couple some news that no parent wants to hear.
Any parent would be devastated by hearing such bad news, but not Chris and Sarah. They would not give up on their little girl and would not give up without a fight.
Sloan was taken to Boston’s Children’s Hospital to undergo treatment for her illness.
Knowing their daughter’s belly was not growing in a normal manner, Sarah and Chris hoped that the doctor’s would give them a reassuring diagnosis.
Sadly this was not to be, Sloan was diagnosed with a rare liver disease called biliary atresia, a disease which blocks and damages bile ducts. The bile will eventually build up in the liver and if left untreated will eventually lead to the liver failing.
Their little girls short life had now hit a huge hurdle to overcome.
“Here we are thinking we’re bringing her in for peace of mind, and instead it was devastating. Everything we dreaded came true.” Sarah said.
Sloan returned home from the hospital, but it was not long before she was back there again. Just 1 week after her initial diagnosis, the family returned to the hospital’s intensive care unit.
The family were faced with even grimmer news this time, Sloan would need to have a liver transplant if she was to survive and time was of the essence.
Neither Sarah or Chris were a match to their daughter’s blood group, O, so they decided to share their plight with everyone they could, hoping to find a donor.
The rules surrounding living donors and transplants are very strict. The donor has to be a friend or family member, and they must be willing to donate, for free.
Willing donors have to be physically healthy and have to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
A close friend to the family, Jake Tenney, saw their plea for help in finding a donor on social media and shared their plea on his Facebook page.
It was Jake’s post that would find its way to an unexpected hero who contacted the family. The stranger was a perfect match for Sloan, and was no stranger to helping save lives.
The unexpected hero was none other than Jake’s brother, Steve Tenney. Steve had served with the American Army and was now an active police officer in New Hampshire for the last 18 years.
Steve was now 40 years of age and in very good physical condition. His last visit to a doctor had been over ten years ago and had not spent a night in hospital since he was born.
As soon as Steve had passed a series of tests, the doctors immediately removed a piece of his liver. They took around 20 percent of the organ before placing it back in Steve’s body. At that point, Steve hadn’t even met little Sloan, whose life he was about to save.
“Fortunately, here, I was in a good position. My wife and I talked and it was really a no-brainer — if you can help a 4-month-old and potentially save her life, it’s something you’re going to do,” Steve says.
The surgeries were an overwhelming success for both patients. Thankfully, the liver is one of the few organs in the human body that can heal itself, so Steve’s liver will repair itself over time.
And as little Sloan grows up, her new liver will develop along with her and grow strong.
Even though she lost her own liver, little Sloan received a blessing in its place. Not everyone can say they are carrying a piece of their hero inside of them!
This is truly one of the most beautiful and touching stories I have heard in a long time. Thanks to Steve’selfless gesture, Sloan can now live a long and prosperous life. I just love happy endings!
Please SHARE this beautiful story with friends and family and thank Steve for being a hero to little Sloan. Steve truly is a hero in my eyes.