Izzy Pate receives life-saving liver transplant

Henry Herald | Heather Middleton

McDONOUGH — Jill and John Pate are looking forward to a long healthy future with their daughter, Izzy.

The 10-year-old Creekside Christian Academy student is recovering from a life-saving liver transplant. When she was 4, Izzy was diagnosed with portal vein thrombosis. The disease is a narrowing of the portal vein that moves blood from the liver to the intestines. When fluid builds, it damages the spleen and causes bleeding in the esophagus.

PVT is a side effect from cytomegalovirus, a common virus, according to the Mayo Clinic website.

While pregnant, Jill contracted the virus, which can become “a cause for concern” to pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems, the site states.

When she was diagnosed, Jill knew it would be an uphill battle to save her baby girl. Continue reading