Live-saving Liver Donation Comes From Total Stranger

A Macomb County man has given a 25-year old Royal Oak woman a new chance at life.

Forty-five year old Robert Cross donated a large portion of his liver to Heather Erickson, a complete stranger who was struggling with a progressive liver disease.

Cross said it was his wife who read about Erickson’s story in a blog posted by the young woman’s mother. The blog explained how no family members were a blood match for the liver transplant that they needed.

“Then, she looked at me and she said ‘Robert, she has [Type] O blood. And, so I asked her what I needed to do,” Cross said.

The couple thought of their now 17[year-old daughters, one of whom, years ago, nearly needed an organ transplant. 

Erickson’s  mother set up a dinner with Cross and his wife.

Erickson says it was a nervous occasion.

“It was just a great moment and, you know, I had a lot of concerns just because I felt guilty a little bit , if anything was to happen to him. But he relieved a lot of my stress and a lot of my uneasiness. And I felt, you know, that this was okay and that he was a great person to do this.”

Both Cross and Erickson are both doing well — as is Erickson’s new liver, which doctors say is already beginning to grow.


One Comment

  1. LAS says:

    Wow! In a world of what seems to be too much bad news, way to go Mr. (& Mrs.) Cross!! =)

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