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Evie – liver transplant, VIC

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She's such a happy healthy girl. You wouldn’t know she's had a liver transplant

Little Evie, at age 6, suddenly became unwell with several nose bleeds, refusing to eat her food and not wanting to go to school because she felt so unwell.

An undiagnosed genetic condition, Wilson’s disease, was suddenly playing havoc with her body and before they knew it, Evie’s parents were watching her being wheeled into the Intensive Care Unit at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, and told she had 48 hours to live if she didn’t get an urgent liver transplant.

“The realization that your child is critically ill, that the medical team has done everything they can, and that the last resort to keep Evie alive was a liver from a donor, was so hard to process,” Evie’s mum Natasha said.

Remarkably, thanks to the generosity of an organ donor, Evie’s life was saved in time.

“There was a huge sense of relief and gratitude to the donor and their family, as well as the surgeons, doctors, nurses and the geneticists who were a part of her care. However, there was also some sadness to it, as we knew there was a family who had said goodbye to someone they love,” Natasha said.

Evie is now enjoying life back on her family’s farm, and loves going to school and playing with her brothers.

“She is such a happy and healthy little girl. You wouldn’t know she has had a liver transplant unless you saw her scar,” Natasha said.

“Without organ donation we wouldn’t have Evie with us today. It is the most selfless gift you can give to someone.”

Kathy Heagney
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