A young boy is living his best life four months after receiving a life-saving liver transplant from a transplant intensive care unit nurse who was touched by his story and decided to help out.
Brayden Auten, 8, was home on April 25 when he became sick with a stomach ache and diarrhea. His parents, James and Ruth Auten of Wrightstown, Wisconsin, thought it could be the flu until they noticed Brayden’s eyes were yellow.
They immediately took the third-grader at Wrightstown Elementary School to a primary care clinic, where his sickness took a turn for the worse and his skin began to turn yellow as well.
Brayden was admitted to the Children’s medical institution of Milwaukee on April 26. After doing an ultrasound, doctors found that his liver was functioning incorrectly. After some days, Brayden’s liver stopped working completely.
“We were scared. … We didn’t know what was going on for the first week,” James Auten told ABC News Thursday.
“As parents, we just wanted to know what was going on with our son.” Even though the doctors were unsure about which virus Brayden had that was causing his liver to fail, they knew that he needed a liver transplant as soon as possible. The family began scrambling to find a match for their son.