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These 3-Year-Old Twins Need A Liver Transplant — But Their Dad Can Only Save One

The Wagner family is turning to social media for help in finding a liver donor to save the second twin.

Posted on February 3, 2015, at 5:22 p.m. ET

A father in Canada is facing a heartbreaking dilemma: he is a liver donor match for his 3-year-old twins but he can only save one of them.

Liver Transplants for our Vietnamese Twin Girls / Via Facebook: 1401239010168456

So, the family is turning to social media for help in finding a live donor to save the second twin.

Michael and Johanne Wagner started a fundraising page and a Facebook page in an attempt to find a donor to ensure both of their girls can have the life-saving operation.

The couple adopted Binh and Phuoc from Vietnam in 2012. The girls suffer from Alagille syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects many organs, including the liver.

Wagner Family / Via gofundme.com

The girl’s father is a match and can donate part of his liver to one of the twins, the family wrote on their GoFundMe page. However, this leaves the family with an agonizing decision.

“We are faced with a potentially life-saving operation for one of our girls, but this leaves us wondering about the other,” they wrote.
Liver Transplants for our Vietnamese Twin Girls / Via Facebook: 1401239010168456

“We are faced with a potentially life-saving operation for one of our girls, but this leaves us wondering about the other,” they wrote.

So far, hundreds of potential donors have sent applications to be a liver donor for the second twin, according to the family.

The couple, which has seven other children, said they are hoping their campaign can raise awareness for the disease and organ donation.

“[We] hope this media campaign is giving hope to the many who are suffering in silence,” the couple wrote on their blog.

Liver Transplants for our Vietnamese Twin Girls / Via Facebook: 1401239010168456

BuzzFeed News has reached out to the family for comment.

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