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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A four-month-old baby at Children's Hospital who was in need of a liver transplant has died. 

An update on the family's GoFundMe said Marcus Albers died Wednesday morning around 4:00 a.m. and that he was comfortable and peaceful. 

Marcus was born with a rare liver disease and was in need of a partial liver from a living donor. A search for a donor continued over the last few weeks. 

The family says they received thousands of donor inquiries and are thankful for the support, donations, and countless thoughts and prayers from the community. 

The Transplant Center, a joint program of Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, released the following statement: 

Our care teams are grieving with the Albers. Their family is in our thoughts and have our deepest sympathy. Nobody should have to endure the loss of a child.

We are grateful for how our community stepped forward in such a remarkable way to support the Albers family. Thousands of individuals signed up to be evaluated as potential donors.

Currently, there is no national database for living liver donors. Our transplant team spent countless hours following a rigorous process used by programs across the country to identify potential donors.

As of January 2019, there are more than 113,000 candidates for transplant on the U.S. national waiting list. To add your name to the deceased donor registry list, please go to donatelifewisconsin.org.

    - The Transplant Center, a joint program of Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

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