Friday, May 20, 2016

Phoenix girl, 2, needs second liver transplant

In maIn many ways, Sophia---pictured here with her mother Friday May 20, 2016--is a normal little girl. But the odds have been against her since the day she was born. (Photo: Nico Santos/12 News)
12NEWS | Nico Santos

PHOENIX - In many ways, 2-year-old Sophia is a normal little girl. But the odds have been against her since the day she was born.

"Last November, she went into liver rejection, then straight into liver failure," said her father, Simon Briz.

Her body is rejecting a liver, donated to her when she was less than a year old. At her young age, she now needs a new live-saving donation. Her parents face the possibility, again, of losing her.

"I don't know if we're prepared if that happens," he said, "but I have faith."

She's been in and out of Phoenix Children's Hospital for medication, procedures and other treatment.

For now, that means she can't do many of the things a child her age enjoys, such as going to parks.

Her parents have to constantly wash Sophia's hands, because even the common cold could further complicate her situation. Continue reading
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