Moore County woman gets gift of life for Christmas

Posted December 26, 2012

— Lana and Alana Peek didn't spend the last six weeks holiday shopping, eating Thanksgiving turkey or sitting around a Christmas tree. The Moore County mother and daughter were at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, fighting for Alana's life.

"While everybody else was out shopping and frustrated over insignificant things, we were here," Lana Peek said. 

Alana Peek, 24, suffers from Wilson's disease, a disorder in which there is too much copper in the body's tissues. She was admitted to the hospital on Nov. 10, and became critical quickly.

She needed two organ transplants, a liver – her second liver transplant in 7 years – and a kidney.

"She was real critical around Nov. 11," her mother said. "In a week's time, her liver went from being fine to 98 percent bad."

For weeks, they waited for a donor.

Alana Peek Moore County woman gets gift of life for Christmas

"They told me to call my family in and we could take it day by day. That's how close she was to death," Lana Peek said. "Not enough organs to go around, so most people die waiting on organs."

But Alana Peek didn't die. On Christmas Eve, she received the gift, or gifts, of a lifetime – a new liver and new kidney.

"I feel like I've been given the most valuable gift possible and that's life," her mother said.

Lana Peek hopes her daughter's story will encourage people to become organ donors.

"They can feel better by knowing they saved a life, not just anybody's life, but someone who has a heart," she said.

Alana Peek was recovering at UNC Hospitals on Wednesday. She is expected to remain hospitalized through New Year's Day.


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  • Uhavenoclu Dec 27, 2012

    That is great. Well done. You will see life isn't as serious as people make it out to be. Don't take anybody or anything for granted and live along time.

  • pedsRN Dec 27, 2012

    Being in the hospital at the holidays sucks but when it's because of transplant & a 2nd chance at life, it's worth being there. I hope people are encouraged to be donors by this article & make sure your family is aware of your desire to be a donor. Even if you designate that you want to be a donor, consent is still obtained from next of kin.

  • ttc248 Dec 27, 2012

    Wow. Have known this family forever. What a wonderful Christmas Gift. I am so very happy for both of them. Enjoy this gift to the fullest.

  • MonkeyFace Dec 27, 2012

    what a blessing. I hope this young lady pulls through everything.

  • freweeln Dec 27, 2012

    It is great to see such uplifting news and equally great to see people recognizing that opening their eyes in the morning is truly the best gift of all! I am marked to be an organ donor should I fall into the state where that is the best that is left of me. People may want to look into it... it is not as simple as you may think - - the donor has to be in the right place at the right time, on life support or deceased under all the right circumstances... truly there are no coincidences. May the Spirit continue to bless you as you honor this gift by truly living and loving life!

  • cn38of50 Dec 27, 2012

    Good luck, hope you heal quickly