Twin adopted girls in desperate need of liver transplants find living donors

June 13, 2017 6:32 pm Last Updated: June 13, 2017 6:32 pm


In November 2012, the Wagner family grew by two very special people when Johanne and Michael traveled to Vietnam to finalize the adoption of twin girls Binh and Phuoc. They knew their hands were going to be full, since in addition to having to care for the little girls, they also had to be mindful of a disorder they suffered from called Alagille syndrome. Symptoms of this genetic disorder include: heart problems, distinctive facial features, and liver damage.

In December 2105, doctors said the twins desperately needed a liver transplant, so they were listed on the liver transplant list in Canada, where they live. Since patients typically receive liver transplants from people who have died, the wait time for a liver transplant can be years. Binh and Phuoc didn’t have that much time.

Luckily, their father, Michael, was a match and he was able to donate a piece of his liver.

Johanne and Michael Wagner. (Facebook/Liver Transplants for our Vietnamese Twin Girls)

Unfortunately, he could only donate to one of his daughters, and because doctors determined Phuoc was the sicker of the two, she received her father’s liver.

The search for another donor began and over 600 people volunteered to give a part of their healthy kidney to Binh. The one who was chosen was 19-year-old Kris Chung. At first Chung’s identity was only known to the hospital staff and a few other people. Not even the Wagners knew who volunteered for the incredibly selfless act, until about a year ago when Chung started commenting on the twins’ Facebook page, which is run by Johanne. After talking for some time, Chung suggested the two of them meet.

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Now Chung is anything but a stranger. Almost every day he visits the Wagner family’s home, spending time with Binh, who he now considers a little sister. He has also teamed up with Johanne and started a non-profit, Twins for Hope, which aims to ensure that Vietnamese children receive the medical and educational support they deserve.

(H/T: Good News Network)