When AmberJean Hansen learned an anonymous woman wanted to donate her liver to Hansen’s now 4-year-old daughter, she was thrilled, but cautious.
Hansen had tried to donate her own liver to her daughter, Penelope, who was born with a rare pediatric liver disease. But just before the surgery, doctors realized Hansen was not a good match. A second donor later backed out.
But the third donor was committed to helping Penelope, despite never meeting her.
“She never knew what she looked like and look what she did,” said Hansen, who lives in Seymour but grew up in New Fairfield. “She saved a child. She saved a family. It still blows my mind.”
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