An overly emotional Ed Henry broke down sobbing Sunday morning on “Fox & Friends,” as he shared that he would be going on a medical leave to donate part of his liver to his sister.
Almost as impressive as the selfless sacrifice for a beloved sibling was the manner in which Henry’s on-air colleagues supported the Fox News chief national correspondent.
“I’m going to donate part of my liver on Tuesday,” Henry said, trying fruitlessly to hold back the tears.
As Henry was overcome with raw emotion, co-host Pete Hegseth jumped in to give Henry time to compose himself.
“For our viewers, ” he said. “You’ve had a heavy heart for a while, rightfully so. Your sister, Colleen, has a liver disorder and you as a brother have decided to step up and donate a portion of yours.”
“It’s been a long journey,” Henry replied, through his tears. “And it’s good to talk about it — but it’s hard, though. I hope it helps people, because there’s a lot of people who need organ donations.”
As a photo of Henry and his sister is displayed, he is again overtaken by his emotions.
“She’s really happy there, and that’s all I want to do is make her happy and give her a little life,” he said, barely able to speak the words through his grief.
In an op-ed published Sunday morning by Fox News, Henry explained that his sister “has been bravely battling degenerative liver disease over the last few years.”
“On Tuesday I will be donating approximately 30 percent of my liver to my sister at a hospital in the Northeast,” he wrote. “I will undergo about six hours of surgery to remove that portion of my liver, and in an operating room next door Colleen will go through about eight to 10 hours of surgery to entirely remove her diseased liver and replace it with part of my liver.”
For those concerned about the fact that Henry has but one liver, he went on to alleviate those concerns — not that this makes the surgery he’s about to undergo any less trying.
“The liver is an amazing organ that will then regenerate in both me and my sister after the transplantation. While we know going in that nothing is for certain, if some semblance of the game plan is accomplished, we will each emerge from surgery with our own healthy liver,” he said.
Within four to six weeks, he said he has been assured that the portions of his liver will grow back to 100 percent for both of them.
The Fox News reporter detailed the process he went through to becoming a donor and explained that it was very much necessary, given the circumstances.
“I stepped forward for my sister because she was on the transplant list, which is very long, waiting for someone else’s liver,” he said. “While Colleen has allowed me to share the broad outlines of her case, we are not sharing the specific details for obvious privacy concerns. But let’s just say her condition has been getting worse, and she needs a quick intervention.”
He also stressed that her liver problem was hereditary and not diseased by alcohol.
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