When Nick and Devin Coats were diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver, there was apparently only one way they could survive: both twins needed a liver transplant. But the wait for suitable donors was agonizing, with the boys’ health deteriorating all the while. And then a doctor provided the brothers’ mom with some devastating news.

Nick and Devin’s diagnosis had initially come in March 2017 – and from the outset the prognosis didn’t look good. For starters, there appeared to be only one real option for treatment: the liver transplant. And as waiting lists for the procedure were excruciatingly long, time was not a friend to the teenagers.

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