HENDERSON, Nev. — A 7-month-old Henderson boy died before his family could find an organ donation for him with the help of the Internet.
Before Mark Ricciardi Jr.'s death Wednesday, his parents set up a website to spur organ donations and to increase the odds of finding their son a new small intestine and liver.
The infant, who was born with an abnormal intestine, was put atop a regional waiting list for organ donations about two months ago. But the organs from a small child did not become available.
"We did get offers from some people for parts of their liver, which was not an option for us. We got a call from someone offering part of an intestine," said the boy's mother, Sara Ricciardi. "They were wonderful offers, but not viable for him."