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24-Year-Old Needs Four Organs to Stay Alive

Nicole Ebat

OMAHA(KPTM)--Molly Pearce was born with a rare congenital disease.

When she was born she was one of only 3 people in the world diagnosed with Hirschsprung's Disease.

The large intestines wind up getting obstructed because of an absence of nerve cells that regulate muscle movement. Essentially, the large intestines can't move.

Doctors didn't think Pearce would even make it beyond her first year.

But now she's 24.

She needs four new organs to stay alive--a kidney, pancreas, liver and small intestine.

"Prior to that and during that time, my life was normal and wonderful," said Pearce.

She was in college in Los Angeles when her organs started to fail. She's getting treated at the Nebraska Medical Center because it's one of only a handful of hospitals capable of performing the type of transplant she needs.

The animal-loving, aspiring veterinary technician now spends most of her time hooked into different machines and watching what she calls bad TV with her boyfriend Corey.

She hasn't been able to eat solid food in months.

"That's a bummer because I used to be a big foodie," she said laughing.

She said she's just looking forward to going back to her "normal" life.

Pearce had to have two organ transplants when she was a teen. So when she found out she needed four more, she said she was devastated.

"It was all a pity party, 'why me?' you know? I didn't want to do this again and I just wanted to go back to my life but over time I realized if I don't do this, I'm going to die," she said."I'm really optimistic, I'm in the best place that I can be. It's going to go well, it's just a long wait."

Thankfully, she doesn't have to wait alone.

The Flood sisters travel the country meeting people who need organ transplants.

The sisters started the New York-based Flood Sisters Kidney Foundation of America after finding their father a kidney donor with the help of social media.

They spread stories like Pearce's online to try and create awareness, and, hopefully, find that special donor.

They set up a Facebook page for Pearce, and plenty of people have continued spreading her need for a donor along with leaving hopeful messages for Pearce herself.

"She's on a list and it's a very long list," said Jennifer Flood, founder of the group. "We just appreciate everybody sharing her story and reaching out and supporting us and Molly."

In Pearce's case, the hospital says it might be more difficult to find a donor.

All four organs will have to come from the same person, so they need a deceased donor.

The donor will also have to match her type-O blood and be similar to Pearce's small stature, among many other factors.

But the Flood sisters are hoping a private family will see Pearce's story and request to help her.

"Everyone has been very generous," said Cynthia Flood, Co-founder of the group."It's beautiful to see the outreach and support."

Pearce said even if her story doesn't directly help her find a donor, she just hopes to get the word out about transplants and the people who need them.

If you're interested in being an organ donor, for Pearce or anyone else, you can call the Nebraska Medical Center hotline at 1-800-401-4444 or visit them at www.NebraskaMed.com/Transplant

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