Universally, moms often find support, relatability and humor in designated Facebook groups to get them through the ups and downs, trials and tribulations of parenting. You can find everything from friendship to recipes to kid-friendly products you can’t live without. But one mom found something she didn’t know was possible in one of her groups: A liver donor for her 11-month-old son.
When Beth Rescsanski posted in a private Facebook group for moms in September that her baby boy Callum “Cal” was in need of just a piece of a donor’s liver so her son could regenerate his own, she was surprised by how many moms jumped at the chance to help.
A mom of two young boys, Andrea Roberto, was a complete stranger to Beth and baby Cal when she saw Beth’s post. Yet Andrea knew it was something she was willing to do. It was an easy decision, Andrea told TODAY Parents.
Another mom’s post on Facebook detailed the power of the group’s response and just how it made her feel.
“People can say a lot of things about mom’s groups on the internet. Here’s what I can tell you about mine,” fellow mama Robin Bliven wrote in the Facebook post.
“When this little sack of sugar, Cal, needed a LIVER from a live donor in order to survive, over 100 moms from my group called to be screened as potential donors. It’s this beautiful hero mom pictured below in our group who stood up to the task.
“Tomorrow this sweet baby will head to a 10 hour surgery to receive a liver from a mommy he’d never met except through Facebook. She is a single mom who has left her two kids at home and travelled from Boston to New Haven to give away a piece of her body so this baby can live. You can talk smack about mom groups on Facebook all you want…but don’t talk smack about mine, because we crowd sourced a freaking organ.”
As a mom of two, Andrea knew just how important it was that baby Cal got this piece of her liver that ultimately would save his life. According to Robin, it’s only the 97th unrelated liver transplant in history.
Andrea posted to Facebook just how much giving her liver to Cal meant to her.
“They tell you in donor evaluation that you, the donor, don’t ‘get’ anything out of donation. Looking back at these two weeks, I disagree. The outpouring of love and support, the way family, friends, strangers, have come together to make this remarkable event possible has allowed me to experience some of the best stuff the world has to offer.
“And most importantly – there’s my sweet little guy Cal. My liver couldn’t have asked for a better home. It’s going to go to Kindergarten and learn to drive a car. It will get to eat lots of birthday cake and play sports and go to the prom. How lucky is that liver? And honestly, it has never looked cuter. I can’t wait to see the places Cal takes it.” Andrea wrote.
We’re not crying, you’re crying! This is THE heartwarming story we needed to hear today. We hope mom-focused Facebook groups can continue to be safe places of support for moms—perhaps saving another child’s life in the future, too.