‘He is a miracle’: Mother relieved as baby recovering after surviving COVID-19, organ transplant

A Syracuse, New York, baby spent much of 2020 in the hospital fighting two health battles, and not winning. Kasen Donerlson was already fighting liver disease when he received a diagnosed for COVID-19.Kasen’s mom, Mitayah Donerlson, traveled across state lines and eventually relocated to a place near the hospital to aid her baby boy in his health journey.During that experience, in those precious memory-making moments at home, she discovered Kasen loves ice pops and learning. She had those moments in between their many hospital visits.”Maybe like once a month, sometimes twice a month,” said Kasen’s mom, Mitayah Donerlson, told. At just 2 months old, Kasen developed a rare liver disease called biliary atresia. He would need a liver transplant. “When his liver began to decline, we had to kind of like push up the stakes,” said Mitayah.Mitayah decided a hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was the best option for Kasen’s procedure. But between her back-and-forth visits to the hospital and waiting for word on a donor, she wound up back upstate after Kasen developed a fever. Kasen tested positive for COVID-19. “I didn’t think he was going to make it. I didn’t think he was going to suppress the COVID,” said Mitayah.After four days in the hospital, Kasen pulled through.”He always seems to wow his doctors. He is a blessing. He is a blessing, and he is a miracle,” said Mitayah.Just two weeks later in December brought another miracle. Kasen had a liver donor.”My heart was so overjoyed that, that’s all I could do was cry,” said Mitayah.Kasen got the procedure just this past Sunday, and Mom says he’s in good spirits.A miracle to start the new year, but he still has a long journey ahead. Kasen is going to have to spend about six months recovering in the hospital, and, for his family, that means relocating from Syracuse to Pittsburgh.”The financial hardship of that is very hard. I have to juggle both home and my living arrangements here,” said Mitayah.While Mityah plans to make it all work, she’s also ready to celebrate his very first birthday this week on the fourteenth.A birthday Kasen was not guaranteed, with a mom now hopeful for many more.Mitayah says she’s been staying at home to try to protect her son from the pandemic, so the diagnosis of Kasen came as a horrifying shock. Other family members also tested positive for COVID-19, but thankfully all of them survived.

A Syracuse, New York, baby spent much of 2020 in the hospital fighting two health battles, and not winning.

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Kasen Donerlson was already fighting liver disease when he received a diagnosed for COVID-19.

Kasen’s mom, Mitayah Donerlson, traveled across state lines and eventually relocated to a place near the hospital to aid her baby boy in his health journey.

During that experience, in those precious memory-making moments at home, she discovered Kasen loves ice pops and learning. She had those moments in between their many hospital visits.

“Maybe like once a month, sometimes twice a month,” said Kasen’s mom, Mitayah Donerlson, told.

At just 2 months old, Kasen developed a rare liver disease called biliary atresia. He would need a liver transplant.

“When his liver began to decline, we had to kind of like push up the stakes,” said Mitayah.

Mitayah decided a hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was the best option for Kasen’s procedure. But between her back-and-forth visits to the hospital and waiting for word on a donor, she wound up back upstate after Kasen developed a fever. Kasen tested positive for COVID-19.

“I didn’t think he was going to make it. I didn’t think he was going to suppress the COVID,” said Mitayah.

After four days in the hospital, Kasen pulled through.

“He always seems to wow his doctors. He is a blessing. He is a blessing, and he is a miracle,” said Mitayah.

Just two weeks later in December brought another miracle. Kasen had a liver donor.

“My heart was so overjoyed that, that’s all I could do was cry,” said Mitayah.

Kasen got the procedure just this past Sunday, and Mom says he’s in good spirits.

A miracle to start the new year, but he still has a long journey ahead. Kasen is going to have to spend about six months recovering in the hospital, and, for his family, that means relocating from Syracuse to Pittsburgh.

“The financial hardship of that is very hard. I have to juggle both home and my living arrangements here,” said Mitayah.

While Mityah plans to make it all work, she’s also ready to celebrate his very first birthday this week on the fourteenth.

A birthday Kasen was not guaranteed, with a mom now hopeful for many more.

Mitayah says she’s been staying at home to try to protect her son from the pandemic, so the diagnosis of Kasen came as a horrifying shock.

Other family members also tested positive for COVID-19, but thankfully all of them survived.