Levine Children’s Hospital Doctors Join Forces to Save Teen’s Life


Doctors at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Children’s Hospital recently performed the hospital’s first combined liver-kidney transplant on a patient who made medical history shortly after he was born.

Bailey Frair’s connection to Levine Children’s Hospital began more than 16 years ago. Not long after his mom, Lisa Belcher, went to the hospital for her first ultrasound, doctors diagnosed Bailey with a rare liver disorder called biliary atresia – and treatment required a liver transplant.

Six months after Bailey’s birth, the tiny little boy became the youngest patient in LCH history to receive a liver transplant. Years later, Bailey’s liver started to fail. He also developed a rare form of nephrotic syndrome, a kidney disorder that requires dialysis and causes kidney failure.

These complications led to the teenager’s second historic transplant.
Rare Transplant, Renewed Life for Bailey

As few as 10 multiple-organ transplants are performed worldwide each year, making Bailey’s liver-kidney transplant quite rare. Doctors performed Bailey’s lengthy transplant surgery in July 2017, and they expect him to make a full recovery.

Susan Massengill, MD, head of Levine Children’s Hospital’s Nephrology Center of Excellence, has cared for Bailey for more than a decade. Continue reading

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