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Woman Terminates Pregnancy & Donates Liver to Save Brother’s Life - Her Husband Finds Out

Stephen Thompson
Jul 24, 2022
12:20 P.M.
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When a sister discovered giving half of her liver could help save her brother's life, she was ready to provide it. However, her decision to save his life cost her so many other things she held very dearly.

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The bond between siblings is forged through a unique love-hate relationship. As kids, there might be a bit of competition and occasional jealousy. However, as siblings grow older, their bond strengthens, which is evident in how they would go through anything for each other.

When a Reddit user was seriously ill, his sister stepped up and provided what saved his life. Nevertheless, years later, he discovered she had sacrificed something very dear to save his life. Here's what the Original Poster shared.

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A doctor and nurse talking to patient in hospital | Source: Getty Images

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OP'S GRAVE ILLNESS

OP was 18 years old when he fell seriously sick. Doctors revealed the only thing that could save him was for OP to get a liver transplant. Unfortunately, the situation surrounding him getting a liver transplant in time was very bleak, and his health worsened daily.

Luckily for OP, his sister proved to be a match, and donating half of her liver would save his life. As expected, his sister agreed, and two months later, they underwent successful liver transplant surgery.

Afterward, everything looked fine; OP became healthy again and could now live his life. However, years after the liver transplant, OP learned a secret about how his sister donated her liver to save him, leaving him heartbroken.

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THE SECRET BEHIND OP'S LIVER TRANSPLANT

Four years after the OP received part of his sister's liver, he was discussing with his mother when she let slip a vital piece of information.

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According to OP's mom, his sister was pregnant when he needed the liver transplant; however, because she was still in the early stages of pregnancy, OP never noticed.

OP's sister was very happy in her marriage, and her husband was also a very decent guy. The pair had looked forward to having children together, and OP's sister never failed to mention how lucky she was to have found her husband.

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Nevertheless, when OP's health worsened and his sister decided to donate her liver, she could not do it while she was pregnant. For his sister to save his life, she and her husband had to make a tough decision; to abort the child they had looked forward to having and save his life or keep the baby and watch his health deteriorate.

OP's sister and her husband disagreed on what they felt was the right decision; he did not want her to abort the baby and risk her life undergoing liver transplant surgery.

Although there was a slim chance that OP's situation could improve without his sister's help, she was not ready to take that chance. Instead, OP's sister decided to have an abortion and undergo liver transplant surgery without her husband's blessing.

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OP'S SISTER'S MARRIAGE ENDED

After the surgery, the relationship between OP's sister and her husband deteriorated. The pair even went for counseling to save their marriage, and they tried having another baby, but nothing worked.

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Her husband could not bring himself to forgive her because she was not fully apologetic for the step she took in saving OP's life. As a result, she and her husband separated and eventually divorced a year after the liver transplant surgery.

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OP's sister had told their mother never to tell him about the situation, but now he knew everything. OP asked his mother if his sister still felt she did the right thing by risking her marriage to save him, and his mother told him his sister was unsure if she had made the right decision.

After hearing the secret, OP felt guilty knowing what his sister risked to save his life. She had saved his life at the cost of destroying her marriage and not getting to see the baby she loved and had looked forward to.

OP had accepted his fate and had made peace with the fact he might die. If he knew what steps his sister wanted to take, he would have advised her against it. Now his sister has been unhappy for years, and he hates himself for being the cause.

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NETIZENS' THOUGHTS

OP shared his story to get the netizen's thoughts on whether he should talk to his sister now that he knows what steps she took. Also, he wanted to know what to tell her, and he was not even sure if he would be able to look her in the eyes now that he knew.

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Since sharing the story, the post has garnered over 200 comments and reactions. Here's what some people had to say: Redditor NotElizaHenry noted:

"OP, I agree that you should talk to your sister about how you feel, but be really careful not to put the burden of your guilt on her. Telling her that you hate yourself will only add to her pain. Don't make it her job to resolve your emotions about her difficult and selfless sacrifice."

A man feeling guilty talking to a woman | Source: Pexels

A man feeling guilty talking to a woman | Source: Pexels

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Redditor Starcrossedforever wrote, "Your sister made an impossible choice. Either way, she was risking losing a family member. There is no outcome here that would have made everyone happy. And, despite the guilt you feel, you weren't in control of any of the decisions she made."

He also questioned OP if he thought his sister would have allowed him to die when she had the power to save him. In conclusion, he advised OP and his sister to get therapy because addressing the situation themselves might cause more harm than good.

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Reddit app icon on a mobile phone | Source: Unsplash

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Questions to Ponder

  • Do you think the girl did the right thing?

OP's sister had to make a tough decision, and there was no guarantee that either would have made her happy in the end. But, eventually, she did what she felt was the right thing to save her brother's life.

  • Could her husband have stayed with her? Or did he do the right thing?

It was difficult for her husband to accept her decision and even more complicated that she went behind his back to abort their child and risk her life in a liver transplant surgery. Divorcing her seemed to be the only option since he could not bring himself to forgive her.

  • What would you do if you were this pregnant girl?

The decision would have proved difficult for anyone to make. But, eventually, one would have to make a decision that is bearable to live with.

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