They knew they had to wait and it was not easy but they did not give up hope and finally, not only did they achieve what they wanted; they also ended up saving another life. The Evensens will soon be able to save their four-year-old son and learned that Kerri Evensen suffered from a critical anomaly, which has now been removed.
Kerri was planning to become a living donor for her son but ended up saving her own life due to routine testing for the planned donation. The mom learned that she had a dangerous growth called aneurysm near her kidney and needed medical attention. Weakened arteries can cause a section of its wall to enlarge and form a bulge called an aneurysm (AN-yoo-riz-um) that can potentially rupture and cause life-threatening internal bleeding. Aneurysms can form in any artery throughout your body.
Her husband, Tom Evensen stated that she was undergoing an MRI as part of a battery of tests because doctors wanted to see if a portion of her liver could be given to her four-year-old son Auden.
Evensen’s doctors spotted the hazardous abnormality located near her kidney. She reported no symptoms and it was a matter of chance that the dangerous discovery was made.
Tom was quoted as saying that the aneurysm could have burst and could have proved fatal if the couple planned another child. The aneurysm was treated via surgery.
Kerri herself stated that she was sure that she wouldn’t have found out about the aneurysm if she did not plan to donate a portion of her liver and gave 100 per cent credit to her son for saving her life.
A rare liver condition called alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency was diagnosed in Kerri’s son. This occurs when the liver fails to make a key enzyme when a person is diagnosed with this disease and it is difficult to control blood-sugar. The little boy’s liver and spleen are enlarged and he can play with his siblings for only some minutes before getting a fever.
Tom said that Auden’s ailments will be treated as soon as the transplant is complete. It was further added that Auden and Kerri can go through the liver transplant this year as Kerri is fit enough to donate a portion of her liver now.
The family is looking forward to the transplant as they have waited for five years for this to happen.