Tiny trans­plant

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baby, and I just wasn’t ready to cope with that.

At Leeds Gen­eral In­fir­mary, doc­tors ex­plained a liver trans­plant might be the only op­tion for Eim­ile.

‘But she’s so young…’ sighed Paul. ‘How will she sur­vive?’

But it was her only hope, so Eim­ile was put on the donor list.

‘Put my name for­ward,’ my sis­ter Sheena, 56, said.

Amaz­ingly, she turned out to be a match, and was more than happy to be a donor. But the

surgery had to wait un­til Eim­ile had put on more weight.

That Septem­ber, at just nine months old, our tiny baby was fi­nally ready to un­dergo the gru­elling op­er­a­tion.

At St James’ Hospi­tal, 20

per­cent of Sheena’s liver was ex­tracted and sped to Leeds, where Eim­ile, Paul and I were wait­ing.

Six ag­o­nis­ing hours on, we were told the op had been suc­cess­ful. Re­lief! ‘Hello, lit­tle lady,’ I cooed at Eim­ile in the re­cov­ery room. I vis­ited Sheena, too. Though in pain, she was des­per­ate to see Eim­ile.

Amaz­ingly, she pulled through, and our brave girl came home in De­cem­ber.

Since then, she has gone from strength to strength.

Last year, she took part in the Trans­plant Games, a sports day fundraiser, join­ing me and Sheena for a 3k run.

Now five, Eim­ile still takes anti-re­jec­tion drugs and steroids to pre­vent in­fec­tions.

But ev­ery year she cel­e­brates two birthdays – one for her birth and one for the day she got her new liver.

She’s due to start school in Au­gust and is re­ally look­ing for­ward to mak­ing friends.

We’re all so in­cred­i­bly proud of her.

Me, Paul – and of course, life-sav­ing Aun­tie Sheena!

It was a gru­elling six-hour op­er­a­tion

She’s come so far

So frag­ile

Ready for school!

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