Two months post transplant, toddler thrives

Cambri Collins

Cambri Collins has always been a spunky and joyful girl.

If you show 2-year-old Cambri Collins a Mickey Mouse or My Little Pony episode on the iPad, she is mesmerized. The toddler has always been a spunky and joyful girl, so when Cambri’s mom, Amanda Massena, heard the words “liver transplant,” she was devastated.

After failed attempts to feed Cambri rice cereal, Amanda made an appointment with a GI specialist who then ran a battery of tests which revealed biliary atresia.

I wanted to die when I found out Cambri’s diagnosis,” says Amanda. “She was only 6 weeks old. I was so scared and didn’t know what to think.”

Biliary Atresia is a life-threatening condition which causes the bile ducts to be blocked and can lead to liver damage and cirrhosis of the liver. She would likely need a liver transplant.

A surgery at a local hospital shortly after Cambri’s diagnosis was not successful, so she was sent to Children’s where a team of specialists began the process to add her to the transplant list. Nineteen months later, Amanda received the call that a liver was available.

Two and a half months post transplant, Cambri is a typical toddler.

Last week, she started walking again and pushing her little stroller around,” says Amanda. “She has always been as happy as can be, a child so full of life.”

And thanks to her new liver, she still is.


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10 Responses to Two months post transplant, toddler thrives

  1. Bobi Jo Baxter June 28, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    What an Angel Baby!!! Both these girls are made of steel! It is a privelige to have these two in my life! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them! I’m am so proud of Amanda for being so strong with all that she has been through! I love both of you very much! ❤ Bobi Jo

  2. Yvonne Hesser June 28, 2013 at 8:47 am #

    Cambri is a very precious little girl whom has over came so much in her short life, I pray God keeps her going….she deserve a good life ..Love you little one and your Mom too <3

  3. Amanda June 28, 2013 at 8:37 am #

    I follow Cambri on facebook. This just melts my heart. I have a son her age. I could not begin to imagine what Amanda is going through. I am so happy that all has turned around for these two. The power of prayer is truly amazing. there are millions of people praying for this sweet girl to contiue without any complications. So excited for whats to come for these two! She is truly a happy little girl and i hope i never see that beautiful smile fade. :)

  4. Jeanifer Woods June 28, 2013 at 8:37 am #

    Cambri is not only a living miracle but she’s a living doll as well!! She and her Mommy are loved by so many people and we can wait to see what her future hold!!!

    She is my hero!! I love you Cambri!!!

    Aunt Nin’

  5. Ashley Wirts June 28, 2013 at 7:12 am #

    I have set up a fundraiser for this sweet little girl. It ends on Sunday but hopefully a few will see this post and want to help out. I sell Scentsy and all of my commission will go to sweet Cambri :)
    click on the link for Cambri’s Fundraiser

  6. David Hutchinson June 28, 2013 at 6:08 am #

    I just love this little girl and her Mom so much. Being from Florida…it has been hard to watch Amanda go through this from such a distance, and not be able to physically do anything, in terms of support. As adults, we can all learn so much from Cambri’s journey through all of this. For most of her tiny, and short life, all she has known is hospitals, nurses, doctors, needles, and feeding tubes- yet I don’t think I have ever seen a picture of Cambri where she wasn’t smiling ear to ear. That beautiful child has always shown so much strength. Strength which at her young age, is impossible to consciously tap. For Cambri, it just came naturally. I am forever thankful, to Dallas Childrens…for their steadfast and unwavering focus, where Cambri is concerned. She deserves this chance, as every child does…to grow and be happy and play like a healthy, spunky child. Thank you again so much, for your team of angels!

    • David Hutchinson June 28, 2013 at 6:14 am #

      If you would like to follow her journey…I created a Facebook page for Cambri quite some time ago. The support from complete strangers from all over….has been simply amazing. The address is

  7. Lynn Davis June 28, 2013 at 1:06 am #

    I would like to thank everyone there for the wonderful job done to get Cambri back up and running…Each of you are a true blessing to so many families again THANK YOU!!!

  8. amanda goodman June 28, 2013 at 12:39 am #

    god bless little cambri and all other sick children out there!i am waiting for my 3rd heart surgery the 1st at 6 months old!so pray alot and stay strong!!!!!!!!!!love amanda goodman

  9. Jenifer Roper June 28, 2013 at 12:23 am #

    We love this sweet little girl. My stepson also has Biliary Atresia. We’ve watched this process with our son and with Miss Cambri and hope she has many joyful years ahead.

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