In December of 2018, one month after Liorah was born, she was diagnosed with biliary atresia, a rare disease that affects the liver and can be fatal. In May 2019, she was listed for a life-saving liver transplant.
Liorah’s mother, Darline, was approved to be the living liver donor and a transplant was scheduled for September 2019. Unfortunately, Liorah developed pneumonia and became too sick for the scheduled transplant to take place. For two months, Liorah battled pneumonia and her liver failure grew more and more severe. Two days before Liorah’s 1st birthday, she continued to cling to life and the transplant team could no longer wait. Both mother and daughter were rushed into surgery despite Liorah still being very sick. The liver transplant was successful and today Liorah and Darline are doing well post-transplant.
The Foundation assisted the family with expenses like their rent, car insurance, food, car payments, cell phone bills, and daycare expenses while Liorah’s family cared for her during her transplant journey.
National Organ & Tissue Donor Awareness Week (NOTDAW) takes place April 19 – 25, 2020.
NOTDAW is celebrated through awareness campaigns and encouraging individuals to register as organ donors.
It takes two minutes to register, please register online today and share your wishes with your family.
90% of Canadians support organ donation, however, less than 25% of Canadians are registered.
1 organ donor can save up to 8 lives and can benefit the quality of life for up to 75 people.
There are currently 4,500 Canadians waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.
Green ribbons, and green-lit landmarks, pop up across Canada during NOTDAW to honour the donors and donor families who gave the gift of life. They also acknowledge the thousands of patients in need of a transplant and those who have died waiting. Canadians are reminded to register their intent to donate and to discuss their wishes with family and friends. (Source: CBS)