Sunday, June 12, 2016


ABC 13 HOUSTON | Melanie Lawson


 Cade is your typical 13-year-old athlete who loves playing football and baseball. But his life got off to a rocky start years ago.

"Cade with diagnosed with Biliary atresia when he was 6 weeks old," his mother Jennifer Alpard told us.

It's a disease that affects the liver and bile ducts in infants. By six months, Cade was placed on the liver transplant list.

"Our entire first six months was just hospital visits and blood draws," Jennifer said.

A liver did become available, but there were complications with his health, so Cade did not receive that one. From there, he was placed on four IV antibiotics. After four months, one of the medications reached a toxic level, leading to more organ failures.

"That same drug also causes a sensory neural hearing loss. So he in fact was in liver failure, kidney failure and shortly we found out he was completely deaf from the antibiotic. Most people, much less kids don't recover from 3 organ failure," Jennifer explained. Continue reading
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