A San Benito boy is recovering from a rare eight-organ transplant procedure in Florida.
On February 23, Liam Garza successfully underwent a nine-hour transplant surgery, receiving eight new organs: a liver, stomach, large and small bowel, pancreas, two kidneys, and bladder.
When Liam was born his family realized he had Megacystis Microcolon Intestinal Hypoperistalsis Syndrome — sometimes called Berdon Syndrome. According to the Jackson Health System, it’s a rare prenatal condition involving a dilated urinary bladder, which causes massive abdominal distension, microcolon, and decreased or absent intestinal function.
“He was just a three-month-old baby from Arkansas and his parents decided to donate his organs after losing their loved one. My family and I will never be able to pay them back for this gift of life they gave my son,” said Liam’s mother, Julissa Cerda.
Liam isn’t the first member of the Garza family who needed transplant surgery. Five years ago, transplant surgeons from the University of Miami Health System saved the life of their daughter Delilah Valdez.
In 2011, Delilah received a seven-organ transplant by surgeons at Holtz Children’s Hospital, which is part of the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.
“Even at the hard tough moments we’ve had, the only choice we had is to stay strong and to stay positive for our children,” Cerda said.