8-month-old girl in need of liver transplant gets help from Arkansas t-shirt company

THV 11 |  Winnie Wright

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - All any parents could ever hope and pray for is to have a healthy and happy baby.

The Fowler family got a joyous baby in their 8-month-old daughter Amelia, but her health has been quite the challenge to deal with. Amelia is in desperate need of a liver transplant, something that could cost her parents more than they can afford to spend.

If it wasn't for the feeding tube hugging her cheek, you'd would think Amelia was just like any other baby. While the tube is just a small sign of her fight, Amelia is all smiles despite the hardships.

"About four days after birth, she was diagnosed with what they call Biliary atresia,” said her father, Jack Fowler.

After a normal pregnancy and birth, Jack and Mary Lu Fowler got the news no parents wanted to hear. Their baby was sick.

"She has a malfunction in her biliary Tract that goes from her liver through her core bile duct and out through her small intestine," her father explained. "So she had a blockage that didn't allow the biliary to go through."

"Bile, which is a caustic agent, backs up in to the liver and causes scarring and that scarring causes hardening of the liver. That eventually causes cirrhosis and you have to have a liver transplant," said Jeanne Hadley, a Specialty Nurse at Arkansas Children's Hospital. Continue reading
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