Liver Awareness Month: Family celebrates daughter's organ transplant

The Time and Democrat 

BLOOMINGTON, IND. -- October is Liver Awareness Month, which is the month used by the American Liver Foundation to raise public awareness of the importance of liver health. More than 30 million Americans have one form or another of liver disease. This October a Georgia family is thrilled to be celebrating a liver transplant anniversary and their daughter’s now healthy liver.

Kate Service was born on May 31, 2008, to adoring parents, William and Lisa Service. They, and their three-year-old son Owen, were thrilled to welcome this beautiful baby girl to their family. The first year of Kate’s life seemed normal to William and Lisa. Life was hectic, but manageable for this Cumming, Georgia, family. However in May 2009, Kate’s pediatrician ordered blood work to try and find answers to Kate’s slow growth. These tests showed Kate had elevated liver enzymes, and for the next 18 months Kate was taken to numerous appointments to be checked by various specialists. During this time, baby Kate endured blood work every few weeks, ultrasounds and even a liver biopsy. Continue reading

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