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Aaliyah Milledge

Aaliyah Milledge

Organ & Tissue, Wisconsin

When a mysterious illness brought her to the brink of death, Aaliyah Milledge was given the gift of life.

In August 2017, 16-year-old Aaliyah developed an awful cough that quickly turned more serious. By the holidays, she was in the hospital as both of her lungs were failing. She wasn’t getting enough oxygen, and while doctors couldn’t diagnose her condition, she had to be placed on life-support.

Eventually, doctors determined Aaliyah needed new lungs. In August 2018, after a month on the waiting list, a match was found and Aaliyah underwent a double lung transplant. The transplant cured her condition and continues to breathe life into Aaliyah’s future hopes and dreams.

“To be able to give someone a gift of an organ and a second chance at life is priceless,” said Aaliyah’s mom, Jeaniffer. “We’re thankful for her donor and the precious gift of life they gave us.”

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