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Sunday, May 29, 2016

How a donated organ has transformed a little girl who has battled with a disease so rare only 13 humans have it

Montana is all smiles after recovering from the transplant operation with her mother Monique. Picture: David Caird
HERALD SUN | Brigid O'Connell

THERE are only 13 people in the world like Montana McNamara — and that meant she almost didn’t make it far ­beyond her second birthday.

The Whittlesea tot’s liver was a green, poisonous brick, and she had a higher cholesterol level than a middle-aged man who smokes too much and exercises too little.

For mum Monique Bibby, each milestone for her daughter — first teeth, first steps, first babbled words — meant the sick feeling in her own stomach intensified.

She knew if her yellowed baby didn’t get a liver transplant by the age of two, she could lose her to a heart attack before she started kinder. Continue reading
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