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Nurse of the Week: ICU Nurse Cami Loritz Donates Part of Liver, Saving 8-Year-Old Boy’s Life

Nurse of the Week: ICU Nurse Cami Loritz Donates Part of Liver, Saving 8-Year-Old Boy’s Life

Our Nurse of the Week is Cami Loritz, an intensive care unit (ICU) nurse from Wisconsin who donated part of her liver for a transplant that saved an 8-year-old boy’s life. Loritz is an ICU nurse at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

The boy’s mother, Ruth Auten, says she now considers Loritz a part of their family. Auten’s son, Brayden Auten, was diagnosed with an aggressive virus that was attacking his liver this past April at the Milwaukee Children’s Hospital. Brayden’s parents were devastated to learn that their son was in need of a partial liver transplant.

Desperate to find a donor, they shared Brayden’s story online. They were flooded with positive responses, but no one who reached out was a match. Then Loritz showed up, a perfect match, and Brayden’s doctors immediately moved forward with the lifesaving transplant.

Brayden was able to go home in July and is now preparing to return to school as a healthy 8-year-old. Brayden and Loritz showed off their surgery scars in a photo shoot, which shows them wearing matching shirts and wide smiles.

Brayden’s parents told People.com, “What she did was completely selfless and she saved his life, plain and simple. We can’t thank her enough. She’s a true miracle. We consider her one of us, one of our family.”

To learn more about Cami Loritz, an ICU nurse from Wisconsin who donated part of her liver for a transplant that saved an 8-year-old boy’s life, visit here.