An infant's desperate need for a liver

December 21, 2007 2:32:24 PM PST
A one-year-old girl and her family have one wish this Christmas. They're waiting to receive a desperately needed donation. For more than a month now, Savannah Anselmo and her mom, Ana have been living at the Ronald McDonald House in Camden, waiting for a phone call from Children's Hospital that could mean the difference between life and death.

Her mother tells us, "Her labs are not good and, you know, she's dying."

One-year-old Savannah was born with biliary atresia. The bile duct between her liver and small intestine doesn't work, causing her liver to fail. She needs a new liver within the next couple of months, but for now she's on a waiting list? along with some 98,000 other people who also need transplants.

Savannah's dad is back at the family's home in Tampa, Florida working so they don't lose their health insurance. He visits on the weekends.

Ana has made it her crusade to convince people to become organ donors, not only to try to save her own baby girl, but others as well.

The Anselmo's may be spending Christmas at the Ronald McDonald House. But they're praying they'll be in a post-transplant recovery room instead.


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