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Doctors say Olive Kang, 16 months, will die without a heart and lung transplant

By Nicole Weisensee Egan
Updated February 15, 2015 04:05 PM
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Actress Moon Bloodgood isn’t one for self-promotion.

She has no Facebook, she does not Tweet nor does she have an Instagram account to post photos.

“I don’t do any kind of social media,” she tells PEOPLE in an exclusive interview. “I’m a very, very private person.”

But now, in a last-ditch effort to save her 16-month-old niece, Olive Kang, she’s released a YouTube video entitled “Save Olive.”

“My 16-month-old niece is fighting for her life,” Bloodgood, 39, says in the video. “Olive was diagnosed with a severe congenital heart defect and is in desperate need of a heart and lung transplant.”

It’s a tough thing to do for many reasons, she says.

“How do you make a video saying, ‘If your child should die, could you please donate to my niece?’ ” says Bloodgood, who is currently starring in TNT’s Falling Skies. “I wrestled with that but at some point you get over it because you’re trying to save someone’s life.”

The quickest way to help Olive would be for the parents to do a direct donation.

“What we found out is, God forbid, is if they are in that circumstance where they have to make a decision about their child they can direct donate the organs.”

“The parents can say who they want the organs to go to,” she says. “It’s something I feel horrible talking about but Olive just took a turn for the worse and we are desperate for a heart-lung transplant and they have to come from the same person.”

Bloodgood decided to make the Youtube plea after one of her cousins called her, crying, Wednesday night and said, “We have to do something.”

“I’m an actress who’s not famous but maybe you know my name so I thought, ‘What can I do to get my niece’s name out there?’ ” she tells PEOPLE.

Another cousin made the 66-second video.

“Olive’s parents were told we might have to start preparing for hospice care if the donor doesn’t come soon,” Bloodgood says. “Her lungs are dying. She could go tonight or in two weeks or in three weeks. They definitely don’t think she has more than a month.”

The actress, who has a 2-year-old daughter herself, says she’s an “emotional wreck” right now worrying about her niece.

“We’re at the end right now,” she says. “It’s such a weird position to be in, to hope that another child’s organs are going to save yours. It’s the worst predicament to be in. I know that if my daughter gets a cold my heart breaks. I just can’t imagine.”

If you’d like to help, please go to Olive’s Facebook site or email the family at saveOliveKang@gmail.com