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Published September 09, 2013, 06:42 PM

60 on 6: Miracle for Megan

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - It was one of the first stories in the valley that mobilized the community to help a family pay for an experimental liver transplant. The year was 1991.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - It was one of the first stories in the valley that mobilized the community to help a family pay for an experimental liver transplant. The year was 1991.

The state of Minnesota had to step in after a family got fleeced in the middle of a medical crisis.

It was a heartbreaking situation. 6-year-old Megan Griggs: A Moorhead elementary student born with a complicated liver disease. The only answer to help her: A costly liver transplant in Omaha, Nebraska.

Sandy Griggs- Megan’s Mom, 1991: “That anyone should be able to put a price on a person's life and who should determine who gets a transplant and who does not.”

For weeks, students in her school raised money; thousands of dollars, in fact. The community bought Megan buttons; Megan cookies, all rallying around her with this “Miracle for Megan” project.

We followed Megan to Omaha Children's Hospital, where doctors successfully completed the transplant; a life changer for Megan and her family.

But months later, the bottom would fall out of the Griggs family's lives. Medical bills started rolling in tens of thousands of dollars, which shocked the family because a non-profit called Children's Transplant Association had contracted with the family to help manage the fundraiser dollars, and dole out the dollars for the medical bills. But as the Minnesota Attorney General's office found out, the non-profit group had used much of the money to remodel a house for transplant patients in Texas; misspending Megan's Money.

Then Assistant Attorney General Matt Entenza brought a suit against Children’s Transplant Association and the money was returned. Entenza would later years later run as the DFL candidate for Minnesota Governor.

That transplant for Megan was in 1991. She passed away in 2006 at the age of 22.

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