Facing inevitable liver transplant, young girl didn’t need to look far for a living donor

THE DENVER POST | Kevin Simpson

Children’s, University hospitals collaborate with live-donor program

Peri Erickson, all 25 pounds of her, turns to her mother in the hospital exam room, curls her right arm in the air and demands: “Feel my muscle.”

Claire Erickson gently pinches the flesh of her daughter’s slender biceps and smiles. “Dang, girl, you must be working out,” she says.

Peri Erickson, 3, underwent a liver transplant in which her mother was the living donor. Peri and her mother, Claire Erickson, were at Children’s Hospital for a follow-up exam April 24, 2017 in Aurora.
At 3, Peri hasn’t been hitting the gym, but she’s definitely feeling stronger. On March 21, she underwent a liver transplant at Children’s Hospital Colorado that has helped solve medical problems that began at birth with her diagnosis of biliary atresia, a rare and life-threatening disease of the liver and bile ducts.

And though her condition wouldn’t have placed her high on the list of patients seeking potential deceased liver donors, Peri took a different route. She found a living donor — and she didn’t have to look far. Continue reading

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