Reunited and it feels so good
GP Employee Meets with Shared Liver Recipient for the First Time
Vic Billingsley has been a dedicated health and safety coordinator at Georgia‐Pacific's Leaf River Cellulose mill in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, for 33 years. In 2007, the father of three was diagnosed with non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver, requiring an immediate transplant.
At the same time, 800 miles away in Miami, Florida, 5-month-old baby Kara Ffrench was suffering from biliary atresia, a rare liver dysfunction that occurs in infants. Kara and Vic benefited from the same liver donor–connecting them for the rest of their lives.
Bonded by DNA for the last 12 years since their transplants, Vic and Kara's family have kept in touch via Facebook and continuously toyed with the idea of meeting in person one day.
Watch the video to see what happened when that one day finally arrived for Vic and Kara.