Baby boy dies while waiting for partial liver transplant

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WAUKESHA, Wisc. (KAKE) -

A 5-month-old Wisconsin baby who was waiting for a partial liver transplant to save his life has died.

An update on the GoFundMe page for little Marcus Albers says that he passed away at 4 a.m. local time Wednesday. 

"He was comfortable and peaceful," the update says. "These past 2 weeks Marcus' family has felt your support through thousands of donor inquiries, in addition to your charitable donations and countless thoughts & prayers."

Marcus had a rare disease called immunodeficiency 47 that had destroyed his liver, WISN reports. 

"(It's) extremely rare. There are only, from what we were told, there are only 12 cases in the world," Marcus' mother, Whitney McLean, said.

None of Marcus' family qualified as a donor, so he needed part of someone else's liver. His 2-year-old brother suffers from the same disease and will also need a transplant one day.


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The parents of a 5-month-old Wisconsin boy are pleading for help for their son who needs a partial liver transplant to save his life.

WISN reports the family has two children with the same life-threatening condition:  immunodeficiency 47. Both boys are on a liver transplant list, but it's their younger son, Marcus, who is in urgent need.

"We were told that Marcus has weeks to live, and that was a week and a half ago," said Whitney McLean, Marcus' mother. So it's pretty dire." 

None of Marcus' family qualifies as a donor, so he needs part of a stranger's liver.

Tony Albers, the boy's father, said, "We had backups, apparently, but they all fell through, too, so it's just shocking today. Today was a bad day."

The ABC station in Milwaukee reports the rare disease has already destroyed Marcus' liver. His mother says there are only about 12 cases in the world. 

Marcus' 2-year-old brother suffers from the same disease and one day will also need a transplant. 

McLean, who is also a nurse at a local hospital, says potential donors should have either O or O negative blood type, weigh under 150 pounds and be under the age of 40. They should be a nonsmoker, not a heavy drinker and not recently pregnant. 

Anyone would would like help to get started can click here. To contact the family, email marcustransplantchw@gmail.com.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help.