Fifteen Organs For Two Young Siblings
Just five years after transplant surgeons saved the life of a Texas infant at Holtz Children’s Hospital, a
rare congenital disease brought the family back to South Florida. This time it was to save the life of their
During an ultrasound while just six weeks pregnant, Julissa Cerda received devastating news about the
embryo she was carrying. It sounded all too familiar.
Her doctors in Texas confirmed her worst fears; her unborn son also developed megacystis microcolon
intestinal hypoperistalsis syndrome (MMIHS) – a rare prenatal condition involving a dilated urinary
bladder, which causes massive abdominal distension, microcolon, and decreased or absent intestinal
function. The condition is usually fatal within the first year of a child’s life. It affects just one in 1
Julissa was determined to have Liam treated at Holtz Children’s where transplant surgeons had saved
her daughter’s life. In 2011, her daughter Delilah was diagnosed with the same condition and received a
new stomach, pancreas, liver, large and small bowel, spleen and kidney – a seven-organ transplant that
made headlines around the world.
In February 2016, Liam successfully underwent a nine-hour transplant surgery, receiving eight new
organs: a liver, stomach, large and small bowel, pancreas, two kidneys, and bladder.
Combined, the two young siblings received 15 organs.
Jan. 1974 Jackson History
First Rape Treatment Center in U.S. Opens. Link opens story page.
Named after women’s rights activist and Florida Women’s Hall of Fame inductee, Roxcy O'Neal Bolton, the Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center opened at Jackson in 1974.Explore in story page.
Feb. 1991 Jackson History
First Pediatric Heart Transplant. Link opens story page.
On February 17, 1991, Bruce Brown became Jackson’s first pediatric heart transplant patient at age 16.Explore in story page.
Nov. 1986 Jackson History
First Adult Heart Transplant. Link opens story page.
On Thanksgiving Day in 1986, Mark Frye underwent heart transplant surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital.Explore in story page.