A Miracle Transplant Saves an Infant from a Deadly Disease

Deanna Anderson, a liver transplant patient, with her mother, Heidi.
FLORIDA TREND | Lorin Willen

UHealth–University of Miami Health System physicians at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Miami Transplant Institute (MTI) perform a lifesaving transplant after a pediatric patient endures a misdiagnosis and failed treatments at other hospitals.

Shortly after birth, Deanna Lynn Anderson, or “Baby D” as her family lovingly called her, began to appear jaundiced, with yellowish skin and eyes. As with most otherwise healthy newborns, she was sent home with a biliblanket, a treatment involving light and permeable fabric. Within two weeks, Deanna’s coloring returned to normal, and she no longer required the blanket. The Anderson family was elated, thinking Deanna was in the clear. However, they soon discovered a misdiagnosis of a rare liver disease would almost cost Deanna her life.

Both reality and fear struck when Heidi and Eric Anderson learned that their precious little girl had biliary atresia, a genetic birth defect causing bile flow obstruction. Deanna immediately received a Kasai procedure, in which a surgeon removes any problematic bile ducts outside the liver and attaches the small intestine directly to the liver. Continue reading
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