Mokena infant gets new liver

Chicago Tribune | Donna Vickroy

Christina and Rob Whitehead wait with their son, Nathan, at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago on July 27. The baby underwent a liver transplant Monday. (Kevin Tanaka, Daily Southtown)

Once again, Christina Whitehead's "intuition" proved prescient.

For months, the Mokena mom knew something beyond routine jaundice was making her infant son's skin and eyes appear yellow.

Despite assurances from the baby's doctor that everything was fine, when Nathan's urine turned brown, Christina and Robert Whitehead rushed him to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, which in turn sent him to Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

It turned out Christina was right.

Last month, Nathan, who was born March 2, was diagnosed with a rare liver disease. In the past few weeks, his condition worsened and the family grew increasingly desperate for a transplant.

"It is so hard to watch your child in pain," she said. Continue reading