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Split liver transplants save two lives

Spreads scarce organs to more children with rare disease

When Emma Lowney was diagnosed with jaundice a day after her birth last December, her parents assumed it would quickly vanish on its own like it did in Emma’s older brother, Henry. Instead, Emma turned out to have a rare life-threatening liver disease called biliary atresia, and she recently celebrated her first birthday waiting for a liver transplant.

“The odds of Emma making it to age 2 without a transplant are very low,” said Dr. Maureen Jonas, the girl’s doctor and medical director of the liver transplant program at Boston Children’s Hospital.

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