A pair of twin brothers living in Texas face a heartbreaking future after only one of them was able to have a life-saving liver transplant, while his identical twin did not qualify.
The New York Post reports: Devin Coats, 18, is forced to prepare for a future without his identical twin, Nick, whose health declined to the point that a new liver could no longer save him, news station KHOU reported.
The brothers, who are from Slidell, were both diagnosed last year with stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver caused by a genetic mutation.
Each twin was placed on a list for the life-saving transplant, but only Devin received a call that he would receive a new organ.
“Nick’s now in the dying stage,” their mother, Margi Coats, told KHOU.
As the family faces the future, Devin is struggling to accept each of their fates.
“[Devin’s] trying to heal through this too,” Coats said. “He’s got his life and yet his brother doesn’t. It’s been very very hard for both of them.”
Coats created a GoFundMe page for their medical bills, as the family does not have life insurance. Over $9,000 has been raised as of Monday.