‘If he go, I go,’ Father risks life to save infant son
MILWAUKEE (WITI) – A Milwaukee father says he was going down the wrong path in life but having a son turned his life around.
Shortly after his son’s birth, he risked his own life to save the little boy’s.
Eulos Rounds said, “He changed my life a lot, to the point where I just want to do good in life. I have plans for him. I want him to have a nice future. I want him to grow.”
Those plans were in jeopardy shortly after his son entered the world, when the infant was diagnosed with an inborn liver disease.
Dr. Johnny Hong, with Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin, said, “He had a few days to survive without the transplant.”
Rounds didn’t waste any time and volunteered to donate.
The risky surgery meant removing 30 percent of Rounds’ liver and transplanting it into his son.
Dr. Hong says he had to tell Rounds about the dangers surrounding the surgery, including death.
Rounds said, “I didn’t care too much about the risks ’cause he was at risk anyway. I felt like, if he go, I go.”
Froedtert Hospital and Children’s Hospital orchestrated two simultaneous surgeries, one on the father and one on the son.
For hours, Dr. Hong walked back and forth between hospitals, working with two transplant teams.
He says he was humbled by the quick decision of a father to risk it all for an infant.
He said, “It really emphasized the goodness in mankind.”
According to WITI, the pair survived the surgery and are still recovering.
However, doctors say it was a complete success.
Eulos Rounds became the first live African-American transplant donor in Wisconsin.