Liver transplant makes every day thanksgiving

DISPATCH-ARGUS | Claudia Loucks
Carlie Newton, Geneseo, received a liver transplant when she was three months old. She is now a junior at the University of Iowa and recently was featured on the cover of the Fall 2017 issue of “Love Girls” magazine, a quarterly non-profit publication designed for girls by girls.
GENESEO - Thanksgiving is observed once a year, but for Carlie Newton every day is for “thanksgiving.”

Ms. Newton, daughter of Vince and Cindy Newton, Geneseo, received a liver transplant when she was three months old. Her mother was the donor.

Now a junior at the University of Iowa, the 2015 graduate of Geneseo High School was featured on the cover of the fall edition of “Love Girls” magazine and is referred to as a “wonder woman” in the magazine’s feature story about her.

The young woman’s story begins at birth when she was born with jaundice, and in infancy was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia, a disease which causes liver failure due to the failure of bile ducts to drain bile.

Her “Love Girls” cover pose shows Miss Newton revealing the surgery scar on her stomach with the tag line calling her “The Real Wonder Woman.”

She said she is now thankful for that scar as she knows it is the result of a life-saving surgery. ”When your bile ducts don’t drain, the liver functions improperly. It was scary for my mother because the symptoms of my rare disease were not apparent during her pregnancy,” she said. “Doctors told my parents if I did not get a liver transplant by my first birthday, I would not survive.”Continue reading
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