The next day, Camargo underwent surgery to remove about a third of his liver, Baker said. The tissue was then put on ice and walked across the street to the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago where a team of doctors was waiting to transplant it into Jazlyn.
Both surgeries were a resounding success, Baker said. Not only was Jazlyn saved, she expects her father will suffer no ill effects.
"The liver is the one organ that begins regenerating immediately after donor surgery," she said. "After about 3 months the majority of the donor's liver tissue is restored."
As for Jazlyn, Baker said the infant should be just fine, though she will have to remain on immunosuppressant medications for the rest of her life.
Now, more than a year later, Camargo said he is beyond grateful that he gets to celebrate the holidays with a happy, healthy 20-month-old, along her mom Gabby and her two sisters, Jaylene, age 6 and Jackie, age 14. He's been able to maintain some of his weight loss, and all the adults in the family have signed the organ donor cards on the back of their drivers licenses.
"It's a scary experience going through it but the outcome pays off," Camargo said. "When you see your child running up and down, you know something good came out of it."