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Person Of The Week

Jul 11, 2014|

E.J. and Ellen are back with an inspiring success story that has led them to pick their latest person of the week. Meet Brendan Elam of Kearney.

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-- and his family like so many others are on the road this week. Traveling so that Brendan can play sports but he's not gonna travel baseball or travel soccer team. He's headed to Texas for a different kind of competition I'm doing through the national translate games in. Houston Texas that's right the national transplant games I'll be competing bids. -- city music. New basketball. Track and field. -- table tennis yep three sports what a difference a liver transplant can make before the operation I couldn't -- sports very well because of just sometimes -- scientists could not handle it Brendan had an alpha one anti trips and efficiency. Yeah you can try to say that again it's genetically -- disorder his mother are both carriers he got both of their associated genes which meant use at a higher risk of things like emphysema. And other organ failure. Jason and Stacy Brennan's parents say the dire diagnosis which eventually doomed his liver came after seemingly normal birth and first couple of days -- And then I'll. Time and then. Change broken playing with to he presented with jaundice you know like most babies do. That it was persistent and it didn't go away in the -- children's mercy for weeks of poking and prodding genetic testing to. And then wait and see for years. Not feeling well so many trips back to see the -- over the years I guess. Really do you have a big picture of how sick he was unless he was in the hospital and I got tired -- usually the school. Okay it was at the liver it was a just you have an enough school that's -- -- other. Finally at the age of nine Brendan -- was placed on a list from liver transplant. Eight of the longest months his family has ever had to wait care. And then the call. At lunch at school so. Brendan calmly did what I suppose most of us would do I -- strategists. Say -- my best strength that was received a little bit. And then back to the hospital to wait a little bit more. But what time do you think this organ transplant was against its visions of them grew -- -- -- -- This -- it happened to occur right before Christmas. And 2012 and Brendan says yes even at the age of twelve he knows what a special gift that donated liver. Really it is I do because. If I did not get this I would not really be here -- wouldn't be the youngest competitor at this weekend's transplant games site. -- good luck. Your family is pulling for you and so we. And somewhere out there another family is pulling for you. Brendan and his mom and dad. Have made contact with the family of the child who's -- liver he received. They haven't heard back yet but maybe they will. And if they do a family that lost so much will gain a little something back when they meet Jason Stacy Brendan and his little sister happy. I think -- instead Jason -- organ donation up pretty well. But this -- is out there that may be faced with with. And a -- decision for a loved one. It's one of the best. Legacies that you can do to that loved ones we were going to name brand and our person of the week. But we think you'll understand when we transplant that honor. To a family that faced with the death of their own child decided to save Brandon and three other children by donating a life. Whoever you are wherever you are. You are most deservedly are persons of the week. I.

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