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.