The boy, who grew up in St. Petersburg, was wheeled into surgery at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday and was taken to a recovery room at about 9:45, said Agnes Nixon, the boy's paternal aunt. Nixon raised the boy from infancy after child welfare administrators took him from his birth parents.Here's hoping he makes a full recovery.
"The operation was successful, and [the doctors] are very optimistic," the Department of Children & Families' assistant secretary, George Sheldon, said Monday afternoon.
The teen, who is not being identified to protect his privacy, was born with liver disease, Nixon said. For much of his life, the liver disease was treated with medication, but in the past couple of years, its effectiveness waned, Nixon said.