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Plea answered: 14-year-old boy receives potentially lifesaving liver



PITTSBURGH - A 14-year-old boy suffering from acute liver failure received a new liver and went into surgery early Saturday morning at Children’s Hospital in Lawrenceville.

According to his parents, Linda and Skip Snow, Adam Snow developed flu-like symptoms and yellowing eyes about a week ago. They took him to Children’s Hospital, and within days, he was transferred to the intensive care unit.

Doctors said they diagnosed Adam with a mysterious and incurable disease from an airborne virus that began attacking his liver and causing it to fail. Last night, doctors said Adam only had 36 hours to live if he did not receive a liver.

“I hope no one has to go through this. It’s been very difficult on my husband and I,” said Linda, Adam's mother.

Around midnight Saturday, a status was posted the “Adam Snow - Highest Critical Liver Patient Status” Facebook page stating that doctors found a liver for him and that the surgery would begin around 1 a.m. and last eight to 10 hours.

Adam Snow’s brother, Chris Snow, confirmed that the surgery started sometime before 3 a.m. Saturday and is expected to be completed before noon.

According to Chris and a post made on the Facebook page “Adam Snow - Highest Critical Liver Patient Status," Adam got out of surgery around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Chris said the next three days will be the most critical in determining whether Adam’s new liver will be fully functional.