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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Greatest Father’s Day gift – giving life to your daughter


Ryan Hollingsworth celebrated the greatest father’s gift eight years ago when he donated part of his liver to save the life of his 4-month old daughter.

His daughter, Kai Hollingsworth, now 8, suffered from a life-threatening liver illness called biliary atresia, a disease where the bile ducts inside or outside the liver do not have normal openings. Bile helps to digest fat.

“The doctors told us that before the surgery she was only a few days from death,” said Ryan Hollingworth, 39, of Windsor Mill, who retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2004 and co-owns a government contracting business Themis Insight in Ft. Meade, Maryland.

Kia’s father didn’t think twice. He donated part of his liver to save his daughter’s life.

“You almost obsess about the small things like getting a cold, because it can become something serious. We are aware that our time with our children can change at any moment,” Ryan Hollingsworth said.

The Hollingsworths’ journey with the liver transplant has been difficult, especially for Kai. Continue reading
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