Little 2-year-old Temperance Geneman had more trouble than most toddlers learning to walk because her belly was so swollen. She had biliary atresia and was on the liver transplant waiting list for almost two years. After Temperance’s successful transplant, her mom, Krista, said Temperance began eating more, trying new foods and sleeping better. At the same time that she was experiencing joy and relief at her daughter’s life-saving operation, Krista remembers thinking how hard it was to know “that someone had to go through what I had been dreading for two years.”
Temperance, liver recipient
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