When she was just weeks old, baby Poppy was diagnosed with a rare liver disease, which only affects one in every 18,000 children. Now her mother Rachel Gage has promised to donate her liver to her daughter so she can live.
Poppy has been diagnosed with biliary atresia, a rare condition which causes the bile ducts in the liver to become progressively blocked and that, in turn, leads to irreversible liver damage.
She underwent a life-saving operation, but doctors are calculating the chance that Poppy will need a liver transplant in the next two years at 85 percent.
Today, just a month following her daughter’s operation, her mother Rachel hopes that her own liver will be enough to save Poppy’s life, should she need it. Rachel, a primary school teacher from Darlington, England, told The Daily Mail:
I would do anything for her and I would give her my liver if I could.
1. Doting mom Rachel Gage has vowed that if her daughter Poppy, who suffers from a rare liver condition biliary atresia which causes inflammation of the bile ducts and liver, needs a liver transplant she will donate hers.
2. The condition affects only one in 16,000 children and Poppy has already spent stretches of her life in hospital.
3. Poppy, who was only 5 lbs at birth, was diagnosed with the disease at just seven weeks old.
At birth, Poppy was weighing just over 5 lbs and Rachel and her Dale Thomas noticed that the baby’s skin was jaundiced. After several appointments with GPs, the doctors made the diagnosis. Rachel said:
I didn’t have a clue what it was then they started talking about the liver and I just broke down. No words could describe how I felt. We were both hoping it was something different. I just kept telling myself that everything was going to be OK.
With no alternative, parents Rachel and Dale kissed their baby goodbye and handed her over to doctors to complete the surgery. Rachel said:
It was awful. We had to take her down to theater and then we gave her a kiss goodbye. She’s our little miracle.
Now 11-weeks-old, Poppy is doing well after the operation to clear the build-up of bile from her liver and doctors are satisfied with her progress. The parents, however, are expected to be told whether Poppy will be needing a liver transplant in the near future.
In the meantime, Rachel hopes that her daughter’s story will raise awareness of the disease.
4. Rachel and her partner Dale cradle their daughter Poppy who suffers from a rare liver disease.
5. Doting Dale sat with his daughter Poppy at the hospital after it was discovered that she has biliary atresia.
Source: The Daily Mail.
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