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“I felt like, if he go, I go”: Father makes huge sacrifice for his boy

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- A Milwaukee dad 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 was able to return the favor.

Now, he's the first African-American live transplant donor in the state of Wisconsin.

“He changed my life a lot, to the point where I just want to do good in life,” says Eulos Rounds.

Eulos Rounds, Jr. is a daddy’s boy.  He and his dad have spent little time apart since he was born.

“I have plans for him.  I want him to have a nice future.  I want him to grow,” says Rounds.

But Eulos Round’s big plans for his son were in jeopardy shortly after his son entered the world, when the infant was diagnosed with an inborn liver disease.

Dr. Johnny Hong at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin says Eulos, Jr. had only days to live without a liver transplant.  His dad didn’t waste any time, and volunteered to donate.

The risky surgery meant removing 30% of Rounds’ liver and transplanting it into his son.  Dr. Hong says the liver is a unique organ with the ability to regenerate.  Before the surgery, Dr. Hong spoke with Rounds about the dangers.

“Detailing the risks involved with the surgery, including death,” says Dr. Hong.

“I didn’t care too much about the risks, 'cause he was at risk anyway.  I felt like, if he go, I go,” says Rounds.

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 the hospitals, working with two transplant teams.

In the end, the infant’s life was saved and his father’s preserved.  Dr. Hong says throughout the day, he was humbled by the actions of Eulos, Sr.

“It really emphasized the goodness in mankind,” says Dr. Hong.

It took Rounds 100 days for his liver to regrow back to its original size, but with a young son, his recovery has been far from relaxing.

At home, just days away from turning two, Eulos Jr. is energetic and curious, and constantly running back into his dad’s arms.

“I wake up, look at him, we smile each other, and it’s okay,” says Rounds.

Dr. Hong says the baby’s liver should grow as his body grows, just like any other child’s.  It was a milestone surgery for a few reasons.  It was Froedtert’s first time doing this operation on that campus in 15 years.  Eulos Rounds, Sr. also became the first live African-American transplant donor in the state of Wisconsin.

The Rounds family has set up an account to help them pay off all the medical bills.

CLICK HERE to make a donation.

17 comments

  • Karen

    He did what any real father would do for his child…AWESOME job dad! You’re going to be a good one! Best of luck to you and your little guy, i wish you all the happiness in the world.

  • Caroline

    This man does one of the most selfless things for his child and you’re irked by how he phrased a sentence? Shame on you and your parents.

    • Denise

      I’m so glad that you said something to the person who complained about how another person said to learn how to speak right.

  • Tee

    This story made me cry he is really a stand up guy… He said if he go I go.. I applaud him for being a great father and making history.. @ me I totally agree white people who make negative comments are the most miserable creatures … Who excuse their stupidity

  • Deb

    What a wonderful dad! I pray that both he and his son will now have a long, healthy life, that God will protect them from the dangers of this world.

    • golda

      if you don’t have anything good to say stop making comments about my brother thank you…I think what he did was really a blessing and I love them both dearly…

  • pirue

    Love big bro and wish the best for yu and LIL SCOOT….ALWAYS LOOKD UP TO YU AND I GUESS IT WAS FOR A GOOD REASON

  • Mary Brewer

    during a time when it seems the media is full of so many stories about African American men who do not step up to the plate and care for their children its heartwarming to see them show that its not all of them…there are some good African American men who are honored to be a father and recognize their children to be precious gifts from God.

  • Angie

    I think its amazing what he did for his baby.Though most parents would have done it,it had to be very,very scary.He saved a baby’s life,whether its his own or not..That is a miracle! So whoever has something negative to say,why dont u go find some other dumb post to comment on?Really people,complaining about grammar?!?Lol.this isn’t school or an English paper..This is a place where we are talking about something good for once.SMH,.

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