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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Elise Babin, liver transplant recipient, living life to the fullest

Elise Babin, 4, gives her mother, Erin, a high-five Thursday morning in Friendswood. Elise is a third-year liver transplant survivor.
THE FRIENDSWOOD JOURNAL | Ted Dunnam

Elise Babin, like thousands of children nationwide, was playing in the Texas sun Thursday, throwing a ball with her mother, eagerly anticipating her next day to swim, and immensely excited about forthcoming dance lessons.

For many four-year-old girls, that’s the order of the day.

For Elise, her athletic routine varies somewhat.

Interrupting her play time are the twice-a-day anti-rejection medications.

Frequent trips to Texas Children’s Hospital for blood work are also on the agenda.

Still, Elise recently found time to win several gold medals and one silver medal in the Transplant Games of America, which were recently held in Cleveland, Ohio.

That’s quite an accomplishment for any healthy youth, but immeasurably phenomenal for a girl who received a liver transplant before her second birthday.

At seven weeks old, Babin was diagnosed with biliary atresia, a life-threatening condition in infants in which the bile ducts inside or outside the liver do not have normal openings. Continue reading
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