20 February 2011

Heart Breaking

BABY Yvanna has just two months to live - unless she can find a donor.

The eight-month-old is gravely ill with liver failure in The Children's Hospital at Westmead. Doctors say she will certainly die if they cannot find a compatible organ.

Yvanna Cartilla is one of a handful of NSW babies younger than one who will require an organ transplant this year.

Doctors realised something was wrong with Yvanna when she was born extremely jaundiced. She had her first operation at six weeks, when a camera was inserted into her to examine her liver.

Specialists confirmed she had biliary atresia, a disease in which, for unknown reasons, the body begins to destroy its bile ducts, which digest food, and eventually destroys the liver as well.

The condition occurs in one in 10,000 to 15,000 live births in Australia every year, although a third of those can be successfully treated by a relatively straightforward surgery called a Kasai, which did not work in Yvanna's case.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/national/please-help-me-i-have-8-weeks-to-live/story-e6frfkvr-1226008841334#ixzz1ESpassVs

News such as this makes on re-examine how we live our lives. We are so lucky.

If I was the parent, I'll be torn as it will break my heart to see my child probed and poked with a needle but at the same time, I don't want to see her dying. I'm sure men's Black Diamond rings help little lustre to them unless it can save their daughter's life.