Eliot woman recovering from intestinal transplant

Fosters.com | Ralph Morang

Molly Banville of Eliot, Maine, seen in this 2015 file photo, remains at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio where she has had recent follow-up surgery to her intestinal transplant operation last November. Courtesy photo

ELIOT, Maine – Molly Banville’s friends and neighbors are asked to continue to help her family with the crushing costs incurred after her historic intestinal transplant operation last year.

Molly became very sick at the beginning of her fifth-grade year. After a week in York Hospital, she was transferred to Maine Medical Center in Portland. She was first diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease, then indeterminate colitis, either Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.

At age 11, she had her colon removed and her first ileostomy, which involves accessing the large intestine through an opening in the abdominal wall and attaching a colostomy bag. After several surgeries, she was then diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

After 13 years of pain and operations, Banville, 23, underwent tests for an intestinal transplant at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Last August, she and her mother Jenna moved to Transplant House in Cleveland to await the availability of a donor. Continue reading