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Utah man donates liver to save mom’s life


SPRINGVILLE, Utah. (WFLA/NBC) – A Utah man gave possibly the best Mother’s day gift ever to his mom when he donated part of his liver to save her life.

Gwen Finlayson of Springville, Utah has been battling the complications of autoimmune hepatitis for 27 years. She was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver five years in.

Gwen was put on an organ transplant list last August and was warned that her age might preclude her from getting a new liver.

That’s when her son, Brandon, stepped in and stepped up after researching the possibility of living organ donations, he gave a piece of his liver to save his mom’s life.

“I’m not sure I have the words to describe how I feel about my son. I’m grateful that he is the kind of man that would do something like that, that he would risk his life for another human being, didn’t have to be his mother, it would’ve been anybody,” Gwen Finlayson said.

Both of their livers have already regenerated, growing to at least 90 percent of normal size.

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