Sloan St. James meets Lt. Steven Tenney for the first time after he volunteered to be her liver donor. (Boston Children's Hospital's Pediatric Blog)
Foxnews.com -- (11/29/17) Sloane St. James’ parents said they noticed something was amiss with their baby girl when she was around 4 months old. Her jaundice wasn’t going away and her stomach had started to grow.
But a trip to Boston Children’s Hospital and a two-week stay revealed a dire diagnosis of biliary atresia and set the family on a path that would connect them with a police officer in New Hampshire, Lt. Steven Tenney, who stepped forward to save their little girl.
Tenney, an officer in Keene, said his brother started seeing posts on Facebook about a classmate’s 4-month-old daughter who had been diagnosed with stage four liver failure and needed a life-saving transplant.
“If you can help a 4-month-old baby, you kind of have to do it,” Tenney told the news outlet.
Tenney signed up to get tested to see if he could be a donor, and though he hadn’t been to the doctor in nearly 10 years or had ever had surgery, he was elated to discover he was a match.
“We had so many people praying for us and for Sloan, and to hear that we had a match and that surgery was going to happen in a couple days was a miracle,” St. James told Boston 25 News.
Two months later, the pair have both recovered and since reunited. Sloan has about 19 percent of Tenney’s liver.