Their daughters are best friends but the bond between two metro Detroit moms is about to get even bigger. One needs a liver – and the other has learned she’s a perfect match.
We first met Elizabeth Wood and her mother back in March, when we learned Liz was collecting backpacks and school supplies for students in need. What their news story didn’t share is that they were also quietly dealing with a deadly diagnosis – a genetic condition that left Adrienne, Liz’s mother at the young age of 30, in need of a liver transplant.
“Just, you know, wondering if that day would be the last day I would have with my daughters was the hardest part for me,” Adrienne Mihuc said.
Her doctors at the Cleveland Clinic agreed she could be a candidate for a living donor. And that’s when Liz’s best friend, Roxy, asked her mom if she could help.
“She’s like, ‘Well are you going to try?’ I said yeah, I’ll try. I said but I’m not family so they might not take me,” Nikita Ritchie said. But then she was not only the first to sign up and the first to get tested – it turns out she was a perfect match.
“It just so happens she is about as close of a match as you could possibly get,” Adrienne said.
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