Ellwood City girl stable, sedated after multiple organ transplant

Times Online | Jim Orr

ELLWOOD CITY -- Kyree Beachem’s loved ones didn’t gather for Thanksgiving dinner as planned. They shared no turkey, no stuffing.

But this was better.

The Ellwood City girl finally was undergoing a multiple organ transplant hoped to save her life, a rare procedure that was no guarantee to ever happen. Kyree's family, including her seven older brothers and sisters, joined her at the hospital.

“We were supposed to have a Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday night, but she was just getting out of surgery,” Nan Beachem, Kyree’s mother, said Friday. “So we had family time instead. Thanksgiving was nice.”

It was a blessing.

Kyree, 8, received a new liver, pancreas, intestines and colon during the operation at the UPMC's Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. It was necessary because she was born with nerve cells missing in her colon, an affliction known as Hirschsprung disease that affects the large intestines. Continue reading