A family’s life was changed forever after their daughter—then 7-month old Meredith Brown—underwent a liver transplant at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Not long after Meredith was born, she was diagnosed with biliary atresia, which is a childhood disease of the liver in which one or more bile ducts are abnormally narrow, blocked or absent.
Doctors at Children’s performed a procedure to reconstruct the bile ducts and restore bile flow. While they were hopeful there would be a fix, they were aware there could be issues later on. Meredith was doing well until her parents, Ashley and Chris, noticed her stomach swelling.
They rushed her back to Children’s and learned she had developed a bile leak.
Shortly after treatment for the bile leak, Meredith had to have surgery once again and 16 inches of her small intestine were removed due to a blockage. The Brown’s met Saul Karpen, MD, PhD, Division Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, not long after that and he determined Meredith would need a liver transplant to survive.
Her name was placed on the transplant list and her surgery was performed one month later, saving her life.
“For the first time in her young life, Meredith finally had a healthy, functioning liver,” Ashley said. “She would not be here without Children’s.”