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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Nearly 30 years later, tiny transplant patient has beaten the odds

RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER. Now a proud mom, Rita Erickson was nearly a celebrity at age 2 when she received a liver transplant that almost failed, but ultimately kept her alive. Nearly 30 years later she lives in Elk River with fiancé John Fink and daughter Theresa Rose.
Nearly 30 years ago, neighbors in Columbia Heights rallied around Rita Erickson because her liver was failing. Now she has a baby of her own in Elk River. 

STAR-TRIBUNE | Erin Adler

In 1987, 2-year-old Rita Erickson was propelled into the spotlight because her liver was failing. She needed a transplant, doctors said, and her Columbia Heights family needed help paying for the surgery.

The media coverage that followed — the Star Tribune wrote about her five times in two weeks — documented several successful community fundraisers and her liver transplant, rare for a toddler. The operation nearly failed, but at the last minute, her new liver began functioning. Rita lived — and faded out of the public eye.

“It’s very interesting for me to sit down and read about it [in articles] because I really don’t remember it,” she said.

Today, Rita, 30, has a job in the financial industry, a home in Elk River and a boyfriend she’s planning to marry. And she’s doing two things doctors said she never would: She’s given birth to a baby girl and will likely stop taking her last anti-rejection drug, prescribed so her body wouldn’t attack her liver. Continue reading 
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