Saints super fan Jarrius signed a one-week deal and traveled with the team to Kansas City.
Jarrius Robertson, the New Orleans Saints super fan from Reserve who became friends with players following their visit to Ochsner Hospital for Children in December 2015 and entered the hearts of sports fans across the globe when his combination of enthusiasm, magnetism, grit and frenetic dance moves was showcased on "Good Morning America," "SportsCenter" and during the NBA All-Star Game, received a new liver Sunday.
Jordy Robertson, Jarrius' father, announced via social media Saturday that the family had found their "hero" and that his son would be receiving a new liver during an eight- to 10-operation at Ochsner on Sunday. Jarrius and Jordy started an organ-donor awareness campaign "It Takes Lives to Save Lives" with Ochsner last year and made numerous promotional stops advocating organ donation, including one this past week at Walk-Ons, just days before the liver became available.
Robertson, 15, was diagnosed early with biliary atresia, a chronic liver disease. It's a childhood disease of the liver in which one or more bile ducts are abnormally narrow, blocked, or absent, and can occur as a birth defect or as an acquired disease. He had liver failure when he was six months old and had one liver transplant in 2004.
After the liver transplant he had multiple failures, Jordy told NewOrleansSaints.com senior writer John DeShazier in 2015 following a series of videos of Jarrius with Saints players introduced "JJ" and his funny football commentary to the world. "He stayed in a coma a whole year."
During Jarrius' appearance on "Good Morning America" Saints Coach Sean Payton, quarterback Drew Brees and defensive end Cameron Jordan invited him to attend the team's upcoming road game at the Kansas City Chiefs and signed him to a contract with the team. He traveled with the team and made numerous reports on the team's social media channels. Throughout the trip he was stopped by well-wishers for photos, autographs and hugs. Jarrius has been embraced by Saints owners Tom and Gayle Benson, who recently hosted a birthday celebration for him.
Jarrius was scheduled to announce the Saints' third-round draft pick this past weekend in Philadelphia but his doctors advised him not to travel as he had been moved up on the organ donation wait list.
Notable sports and media figures sent positive messages of support to the Robertson family Saturday and Sunday with ESPN anchor Steve Levy naming Jarrius his star of the night Saturday.