Calgary girl with rare liver cancer listed for organ transplant in U.S.


Greta Marofke, 3, was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma shortly before her 2nd birthday

Three-year-old Greta Marofke has a rare form of liver cancer. She was recently listed for an organ transplant in the United States. (gofundme)
A three-year-old Calgary girl battling a rare liver cancer is one step closer to receiving a potentially life-saving organ transplant.

Her family was informed this week by a hospital in Cincinnati that she has officially been added to the transplant waiting list in the United States.

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Greta Marofke was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma shortly before her second birthday. Alberta Children's Hospital successfully treated the cancer, but it came back in August 2016.

Her mother, Lindsey Marofke, was told by the hospital palliative care was their only remaining option.
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A doctor at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, who the family says is the "unofficial expert" in Greta's type of cancer, told the family a liver transplant could save the little girl, but as Canadian citizens without U.S. health insurance, the operation and treatment are likely to cost the family $1 million.

"Part of the problem is there's not enough organs available in Canada, we have a low participation in organ donation and getting on that list is really difficult to do," Marofke told the Calgary Eyeopener on Tuesday. Continue reading

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