Toddler with rare liver cancer undergoes life-saving triple organ transplant

TODAY | Meghan Holohan
Evie loves to swim but hasn't been able to do it during the past year because of her cancer. Mom Taylor Fairman hopes that after Evie's triple organ transplant, the girl will recover enough to go back to the water.
At an Easter egg hunt last year, Taylor Fairman scooped up her then 2-year-old daughter, Evie, and felt a lump on her side. Even though Evie wasn’t feverish or acting sick, Fairman knew something was wrong. She took Evie to the emergency room and an ultrasound revealed the toddler had a tumor the size of two softballs.

“The only reason I could feel it is because it got so big,” Fairman told TODAY. “She was diagnosed with stage 4 hepatoblastoma.”

Hepatoblastoma is a type of rare liver cancer, diagnosed in less than one in a million children, and affects children from infancy to age 3, according to St. Jude's Research Hospital. Symptoms can include a swollen abdomen, pain in the abdomen, back pain, itchy skin, yellow eyes or skin, pale skin and lips, loss of appetite, weight loss, vomiting or fever.

“We could have not found it for a few more months. Who knows what would have happened,” Fairman, 27, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, said. Continue reading
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