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Family loses hope for ill baby, but then unexpected hero arrives


Sarah and Chris St. James experienced both worry and joy as parents. Their excitement over the birth of their second child, a little girl named Sloan, soon turned into concern.

Initially healthy, Sloan started showing unusual signs at two months old. Her belly was unusually large, which alarmed her parents.

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Despite her normal eating and development, Sloan’s “Buddha-belly” kept growing. Concerned, Sarah and Chris took her to the hospital for a check-up when she was four months old. It was there that they received heartbreaking news. Sloan was diagnosed with biliary atresia, a rare liver disease that could be fatal if not treated.

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The condition was a severe blow to the family. The only hope for Sloan was a liver transplant, and time was critical. However, neither Sarah nor Chris had the matching blood type, O, required for donation. Undeterred, they reached out to friends, family, and even strangers for help.

Their story spread, and soon, an unexpected hero emerged. Steve Tenney, an American Army veteran and a police officer, heard about Sloan’s plight. Despite never having met her, Steve, in good physical health and a perfect match, didn’t hesitate to offer a part of his liver for the transplant.

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Steve’s generous act was not only a testament to his character but also a beacon of hope for Sloan’s family. His liver would regenerate, and Sloan’s new liver would grow strong as she grew up, symbolizing a new beginning for the little girl.

The successful surgeries brought relief and gratitude to Sloan’s family and everyone involved. This story isn’t just about a medical procedure; it’s about the kindness of a stranger and the unyielding spirit of a family in the face of adversity.


Sloan’s journey is a beautiful reminder of the power of human connection and selflessness. Steve’s heroic gesture has not only saved a life but also inspired countless others with this story of hope and love.