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3-year-old with cancer gets potentially life-saving transplant

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It's a day of celebrating for one eastern Iowa mother this 4th of July. 

Taylor Fairman's 3-year-old daughter Evie has stage 4 liver cancer. Last week, doctors told the family that her cancer spread to her pancreas and small bowel. 2 days later, they got the call, a potential donor with all the organs this little girl desperately needed. 

3-year-old Evie Mueller may be small, but she's strong with an even bigger smile. 

Family Friend Emily Moses says, "Evie is the most persevering, positive little girl. She could be feeling so icky and you would never know."

This past year has been tough, especially after hearing that the cancer spread. 

Evie needed a transplant, with her mother saying, "It was her best chance at survival."

Just yesterday, their prayers were answered at the right time.

Moses says, "Taylor got a call minutes before chemo that they had a donor...that just doesn't happen. If she got chemo, she wouldn't have been able to get that transplant, it's a miracle."

It was a match, giving little Evie a liver, pancreas, and small bowel...everything she needed.

On organ donation- Moses says, "There is a family out there that had to make that decision and they don't realize that that decision is going to just change everyone else and make our lives so much better."

We spoke with Evie's mom Taylor as Evie was in surgery at a hospital in Omaha today.

"It's a miracle. We sat there and prayed so hard that something would happen, God just had it in his hands," she says. 

A day of true celebration this 4th of July for Taylor and Evie.

"It's Independence Day and it's Evie's Independence Day from cancer, she is going to be free," Fairman says. 

After a 6 hour surgery, the organs are in and Evie is doing very well.

If you are interested in helping this family or sending Evie a card as she recovers, here is their GoFundMe link: https://www.gofundme.com/goteamevie

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