ARTICLE | MARCH 5, 2013 – 7:10AM | BY WALTER BROOKS
Hannah Swift of West Barnstable got a rare liver transplant. Screen capture from WCVB video.
Hannah Swift is alive today, because Dr. Heung Bae Kim of Children’s Hospital decided to take a chance. “I had no other choice. Either we do the procedure, or she doesn’t make it.”
According to WCVB, the 11-year-old West Barnstable girl was rushed to Boston Children’s Hospital where Dr. Kim said, “She was so sick that we felt she only had hours to live.”
However the hospital had only one liver transplant available, but it was not Hannah’s Type O blood.
So the doctor took a chance and decided he would try to “trick” Hannah’s body into thinking the donor liver matched her blood type.
It worked, and within days Hannah was back home being a feisty 11-year-old again.
If you want to help
Not knowing how much her treatment will cost, her family began a fund at TD Bank in hopes of offsetting the financial burdens of medical co-payments and weekly trips to Boston for blood tests. Checks can be made out to the Hannah Swift Fund and sent to TD Bank at 1708 Falmouth Road, Centerville, MA 02632.
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