Child gets life-saving transplant from Regent law student

Local woman donates liver, saves little girl

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Molly Bricker was the answer to a prayer.

The Regent University law student donated part of her liver to save Sage Baker, a five-year-old girl she'd never met, who'd been battling leukemia.

She was diagnosed with a rare form of the cancer when she was six months old. The treatments she underwent damaged her liver and the stem cell transplant she received changed her blood type.

Her family wasn't a match any longer.

13News Now brought you her story in December 2014 as her mother, Athena Alexander, asked for help. She knew it would take someone special.

Bricker saw that story and was inspired to help. She even turned down a summer clerkship position to be able to help Sage, said Regent spokeswoman Mindy Hughes.

Tests had to be done to make sure Molly and Sage were a match. They were. On June 4, at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, the surgery took place.

Sage's family wrote on Facebook "We can't thank Molly Bricker enough for saving Sage's life. We all know she didn't have much time left without the transplant. Thank you so much for giving my baby girl a second chance at life Molly! I'm so glad God sent you to us! You gave our family a true miracle at just the right time!"

Sage and her family are staying near the hospital for now and the little girl to be checked to make sure the transplant is working.

Friends and other family in Portsmouth can't wait for her to come home.

You can follow Sage's progress on her Facebook page.


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