Naomi Carlow was born last October with Biliary atresia a relatively rare disease that begins in early infancy and affects about one in every 10,000 to 20,000 infants. First child for Curtis and Meredith Carlow of Lake Cowichan, BC. Naomi underwent a Kasai procedure in early December which if done early is often the preferred treatment for biliary atresia as a way to surgically bypass the liver bile ducts, and prevent liver damage. Unfortunately, the procedure failed and after a few months being home Naomi had to return to BC Children’s hospital by air ambulance. A few days later Naomi and her parents were flown to Edmonton Stollery Hospital where they would remain for several months battling end stage liver disease and waiting for a liver transplant.
On July 6th Naomi was granted the gift of life from a living donor liver transplant from a family friend. Curtis and Meredith have been able to remain by Naomi’s side for the transplant journey by the generosity of several charities including the David Foster Foundation which has helped to provide meals for the family for the several months they will be required to stay in Edmonton. “Peoples generosity is defiantly making things less stressful, so we can both be here focusing on Naomi, and not have to worry about losing our home” states mother, Meredith Carlow. After a few hiccups post-transplant, Naomi finally made it out of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, but remained at the Edmonton Stollery Hospital and then was later discharged to Edmonton Ronald McDonald house for the remainder of her recovery. In October of 2015 Naomi was transferred back to BC Children’s hospital and was home in time to spend Christmas with her family. Today Naomi is doing well and is happy to be home with all of her extended family close by. She continues to have follow up medical appointments at BC Children’s Hospital.