Evie’s only chance of survival was to have a transplant within 48 hours.
In March last year, Evie’s health dropped dramatically due to an undiagnosed genetic condition. Evie suffered several nosebleeds, refused to eat her food, and said she did not want to go to school because she was feeling well.
When blood tests revealed that her liver was not functioning properly, she was rushed to the Royal Children’s Hospital. Evie was taken to the intensive care unit several times where doctors discovered she had a rare, previously undiagnosed genetic condition called Wilson disease.
Doctors told Evie’s parents, Natasha and Erich, that their daughter needed an urgent liver transplant.
” The realization that your child is critically ill, that the medical team has done everything they can, and that the last solution to keep Evie alive was a liver from a donor,” Natasha said.
“You just have to hope that there is a matching donor. I prayed they would find a donor for her even though I knew someone else would lose their loved one.” And, thanks to the generosity of an organ donor, Evie’s life was saved. “There was huge sense gratitude to the donor and their family, as well as the surgeons, doctors, nurses, and the geneticists,” said Natasha.
Now Evie is very healthy and lives on a farm with her family and also goes to school. “She is a happy and healthy girl that you wouldn’t know she has had a liver transplant.” This DonateLife Week, Evie’s mum is encouraging everyone who wants to donate an organ to have a conversation with their loved ones.
“Donating an organ is very important to us because thanks to him, today Evie is alive. This is the most precious gift you can give someone. If you do want to be an organ donor, have conversations with your family so they will know your decision.”
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