Saints Superfan Robertson Receives Long-Awaited Liver

Mathew Shanley

Not even Super Bowl XLIV could compare to the Sunday victory that Saints superfan Jarrius Robertson experienced on April 30, 2017.

Last night, Robertson, a biliary atresia patient, underwent surgery to receive a long-awaited liver transplant.

In October, the New Orleans sports fanatic was signed to a 1-week contract by his favorite NFL team. In January, he guest-hosted WWE Wrestlemania Media Day (Clip Below). In February, he was recognized at the NFL Honors Ceremony, and later played in the Celebrity Game at NBA All-Star Weekend. What happened last night, however, makes all other events pale in comparison.

The transplant operation marked Robertson’s 14th surgery in as many years, and his father Jordy tweeted to make sure his fan base was aware of the successful procedure.

Surgery went GREAT! JJ is resting now with NEW, working liver 🙏🏻 We will see him in a few hours. Next few days of monitoring are big - Jordy

— Jarrius Robertson (@Jarrius) April 30, 2017

Biliary atresia, the chronic liver disease that affects Robertson’s physical growth, has been the cause of his frequent hospital stints since his first liver transplant at the age of 1. At one point, he spent a full year in a coma.

Now, things are looking up for the teen. He’s even got his all-time favorite quarterback tweeting him well-wishes:

Pray for @Jarrius today as he receives his liver transplant in New Orleans. Can't wait to see you running around the #Saints facility, JJ!

— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) April 30, 2017

Via Twitter, Robertson’s family has requested that he and the donor family are kept in everybody’s prayers, and noted that the next few days of monitoring him are “big.”

About Biliary Atresia:

Biliary atresia is a life-threatening condition in infants in which the bile ducts inside or outside the liver do not have normal openings.

In biliary atresia patients, bile becomes trapped, builds up, and damages the liver. The damage results in scarring, loss of liver tissue, and cirrhosis – a chronic liver condition caused by scar tissue and cell damage that makes it difficult for the liver to remove toxins from the blood. These toxins build up in the blood and the liver slowly deteriorates and malfunctions. Untreated, the disease causes the liver to eventually fail, and the infant will require a liver transplant to live.
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