Friends of Philip
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Philip was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia when he was 6 weeks old.
In biliary atresia, the bile ducts become inflamed and blocked soon after birth. This causes bile to remain in the liver, where it starts to destroy liver cells rapidly and cause cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver.
Philip had surgery at 8 weeks old called a Kasai procedure.
In some cases, where the Kasai procedure is completely successful, the child may recover and live a normal life. However, in most cases, even when surgery is successful, patients will suffer gradual damage to the liver. These children will need specialized medical care throughout their lives, and many will ultimately need a liver transplant.
Philip is now 9 months old and his surgery seems to be holding out so far. He stil has his native liver and is doing well. He has had a few hospital stays due to a bout with cholangitis which is an infection in the bile ducts and because every time he has a fever we need to take him to the emergency room to rule out cholangitis. He is also showing signs or portal hypertension.
Despite all he has been through He is a truly happy baby and is always smiling.
Not much is known about the cause of this disease. Please consisder joining our team or donating to help learn more about the causes and to help find cures for so many liver diseases.
By making a donation you'll take us one step closer to our goal and take all of us another stride closer to a world free of liver disease!
To make a donation to our team, locate a team member from the list below and click her or her name to visit their Personal Fundraising Webpage. Once there, select the "Donate" button and follow the instructions to make a donation.
To join our team, select the "Join Team" link at the top of the list of team members. Then follow the instructions to register for the event as part of our Liver Life Walk team!
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