In 'heart-wrenching' situation, baby brought here from Congo can’t get transplant in Omaha

OMAHA | Erin Grace
An African baby dying of liver disease won’t get the transplant she needs in Omaha.

The Nebraska Medical Center, which has provided emergency care for baby Ticvah since the almost 7-month-old showed up at the hospital in February with her parents and 6-year-old brother, has decided it cannot perform the transplant.

Hospital representatives recently told Ticvah’s parents, Luc Matumona and Paulette Awetimbi, of the decision, which factored in the high cost, intensive hospital care and the follow-up care, including expensive anti-rejection drugs, that would be required for the rest of her life.

The situation is “heart-wrenching for everyone,” said Taylor Wilson, spokesman for Nebraska Medicine.

“We want nothing more than to be able to help her,” he said. “Ticvah and her family are in a difficult situation, and we are committed to working with them to find other transplant centers that may be able to help.” Continue reading

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