Friday, December 4, 2015

5-month-old boy with end-stage liver failure needs a transplant


A 5-month-old Pennsylvania boy has spent almost half of his life in the hospital while he awaits a liver transplant caused by a rare, end-stage liver disease.

Wyatt Baile is currently the youngest child with type O blood on the transplant list in New Castle, Pennsylvania, due to biliary atresia, reported. He is eligible to receive an organ from a living donor.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), biliary atresia is marked by dysfunction of the liver’s bile ducts, which are tubes that transport bile from the liver to the gallbladder for storage and to the small intestine to aid in digestion. They are necessary for the body to release waste and absorb fat-soluble vitamins.

The NIH estimates biliary atresia occurs in about one in every 18,000 infants. Its cause is unknown, and there is no known cure. Untreated, biliary atresia is deadly. Continue reading


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