Baby From Florissant Gets Rare Living Liver Transplant

A baby in Florissant is live tonight. Thanks to a living donor. She was born with a liver disease that impacts about one in 12,000 newborns. Five in your size. Annie Craw met with the little girl’s family tonight and talked to the doctors who made it all possible.

Born on July 7th, 2023 Eden Hernandez’s parents, Sarah and Kevin noticed 2.5 months later, something was wrong with their first child. Her skin was jaundiced, her pediatrician noticed her family noticed and she came in for further work up and biliary atresia um is a disease where the bile ducts outside the

Liver don’t form correctly or actually become scarred over time, which then in turn damages the liver. There is nothing that I could do. Um and not being able to provide in ways that um I felt like I needed to Eden, needed a liver transplant

And a matching donor. She would find one in her family, her cousin in law Nadia Hussain. And I, I remember the one question that really stuck out was the last question on a scale of 1 to 10. How willing would you be to uh be that donor if you were chosen?

And I said, can I didn’t even blink. I didn’t even hesitate. 10. After flying in from New Jersey, Nadia gave a third of her liver to Eden at Barnes Jewish Hospital on January 18th with an extraordinary living liver donation. Like this doctors say, Nadia’s liver would grow back fully

In 4 to 6 months. Eden will hopefully have this liver for the rest of her life. There’s nothing I would do. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do to save my Children to keep my Children healthy. I, I can’t imagine any parent not thinking that way for the past two weeks.

Eden’s parents say it’s unbelievable to have her home from the hospital. Don’t take for granted the day by day things that we have here. It’s um you know, the mundane things actually have become more uh special and important to us. Eden’s doctor says only about 15% of liver transplants

For Children come from a living donor like this. Children who are less than a year old have a significantly higher risk of dying while waiting for a liver transplant.

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