Jarrius Robertson’s father, at hospital, says liver transplant coming: ‘We finally got our hero’ – The Advocate

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Months after Jarrius “JJ” Robertson became a household name for Saints fans and many in Louisiana, he could be seen nervously making his way through the hospital Saturday morning. 

In an earnest video posted to Facebook by his father, Jordy, it was explained that they were there for his 15-year-old son to receive a life-saving liver transplant. Jarrius lives with biliary artresia, a liver disease that slows his growth.


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Jarrius Robertson, or “Lil JJ” as he’s known around here, says he always knew he’d become famous.

“We finally got our hero,” Jordy said, declaring it national JJ day. “As a parent I prayed for this day, that this day would come. So I need everyone to lift us up in prayer, to pray with us.”

The video begins with Jordy speaking, and pans over to JJ walking down the hallway, wearing his signature “it takes lives to save lives” shirt. The normally talkative JJ declined his father’s request to speak during the video. 

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“I must say I have a strong son. … We didn’t sleep, we’ve been up all night. We’ve been waiting for this time for 14 years.”

Jordy asked for prayers, and for anyone to post pictures of their shirts in support of JJ.

“This starts a new life for us. … if he’s ready I’m ready,” Jordy said.


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