Son gifts his mother half his liver days before Christmas

Written by | December 26, 2016 | 0

While some shopped for last-minute Christmas presents last week, one son chose to give his mother another chance at life.

On the Wednesday before Christmas, Colin Hambrook, 19, the youngest of three siblings, gave his mother, Lisa Shanahan, 50, half of his liver.

“I knew it was going to be hell like it is now,” Hambrook said from his hospital bed at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where mother and son rested Christmas Eve. “But from all the times she felt bad, I’m sure this doesn’t even come close.”

Shanahan, a Rosedale resident, has suffered with primary biliary cirrhosis, or PBC — an autoimmune disease that damages the bile ducts in the liver — for over 20 years. For many of those years, her condition was misdiagnosed.

Shanahan’s symptoms began with extreme fatigue.

“I called it mommy disease, because I have three kids and I had a full-time job,” she said.

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