Six year old transplant recipient gets ready for competition

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Posted: Jul 11, 2014 10:21 AM by Rebecca Buchanan
Updated: Jul 11, 2014 10:26 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: transplant, organ donor, liver, failure, smith, mcrae, transplant games of america, donate life, adriane mcrae, survivor, 6 years old

BATON ROUGE - A six year old liver transplant recipient is going strong, getting ready for the Transplant Games of America.

Smith McRae was diagnosed with liver failure at two months old. He wasn't expected to live past his first birthday. At six months old his parents prayers were answered, when they found out he was a match for a liver transplant. Today Smith is your average six year old who loves sports and playing with his big brother Raz. Smith's parents always remind him of the gift given to him by an organ donor.

"It's the best gift that anyone can give him, and he needs to know that, and live his life like he has that," explained Smith's mother Adriane McRae.

Smith is one of the youngest participants in this Year's Transplant Games of America in Houston. He's trained with family to get ready for the competition that starts July 12th in Houston. Smith is one of 24 athletes competing in the games from Louisiana.

""I want him to meet other adults, kids, people of different ages, sizes, shapes, all over the country, so he can see what people can actually do. Even with a transplant, you can still do anything anyone else can do," said Adriane.

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