Baby Leo's life saved by liver transplant
JUST look at him now - Brisbane baby Leo Nairn has had his liver transplant and is bubbling with life.
"Leo was so close to death I had already in my mind said goodbye to him. It is a miracle to see him laugh and smile," mum Kimberly said.
The Sunday Mail has followed the Nairn family's frantic race to save their son for weeks and reported that Kimberly and her husband Matthew were desperately pushing for doctors to accept parts of their livers to save Leo as his health rapidly declined.
The parents were told the process was too risky and would be a last resort.
"I was prepared to take the risk. I would have died for Leo, but a miracle happened and a compatible cadaveric liver became available just in time," Mrs Nairn said.
"Thank you, thank you, thank you Sunday Mail for walking so closely with my family on every step of this agonising journey and helping to make this happen."
Doctors are pleased with his recovery, but his mum said he's not out of the woods.
"My family wants to thank the people who lost a loved one and generously helped save my son. Of course, Leo must be closely monitored, but so far so good and doctors are talking about letting him home soon," she said.
Six-month-old Leo has biliary atresia, a rare disease that destroys the bile ducts. The 20-year survival rate for transplant patients is 80 per cent.
More than one person will die every week waiting for an organ, with 1500 people on the transplant waiting list.
"I am traumatised to think that if I had not fought and screamed and pushed to urgently get him on the transplant list we would have lost him," Mrs Nairn said.
"My advice to anyone in the same horror situation is to fight and fight for your child. Perhaps I made myself a bit unpopular, but getting him on the transplant list was all that was on my mind."
The parents, and Leo's sister Savannah, 5, thanked Lady Cilento Children's Hospital staff for taking care of him.
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