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.