“I never thought he would receive a liver this soon. I thought it would be months before a match and that was my biggest worry because he was so sick,” Daniel’s mother said. Daniel was promptly scheduled for transplant surgery, which was successfully carried out. The boy is now recovering nicely in the Chicago hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and is set to stay there for the next three weeks or so. The short wait Daniel and his family had to go through was indeed unusual as the typical waiting period for a liver lasts 86 days for children and 149 days for adults. According to the UNOS, more than 14,000 people are on the wait list for a liver.