Organ donation plea: Little Leo’s ‘horror race against time’

COURIER MAIL | Jackie Sinnerton
Five-month-old Leo Nairn with his mother Kimberly and father Matthew who are desperate to find him a liver. Picture: Jamie Hanson
SOMETIMES superheroes are not invincible. Little Leo Nairn has only months to live if he doesn’t get a liver transplant.

His parents are so frantic to save the five-month-old, they have offered to donate part of their livers, but the live donor mortality rate is very high and doctors say it would be a last resort.

“Why does it have to be a last resort? What if a compatible organ doesn’t arrive on time? It should be the parents’ decision,” mum Kimberly Nairn said. “I’m watching my beautiful boy fade away. He is critical now and vomiting up all his meds. It is a horror race against time.”

Leo has biliary atresia, a rare disease that destroys the bile ducts. The 20-year survival rate for transplant patients is 80 per cent. More than one person will die every week waiting for an organ, with 1500 people on the transplant waiting list.

Many desperate parents offer to be donors but hospitals are reluctant because of the risk to the parent. Continue reading

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