Donor match could bring gift of life

EFFINGHAM, Ill. - EFFINGHAM -- An area family knows a sizable need in the country could mean life or death for their child. 

Their daughter suffers from a serious condition and needs a liver. She's been on the donation list for quite a while and a family friend could be the reason.
 
It's the news a parent never wants to hear.
 
"She was born with a number of internal birth defects. Two months after she was born, she was diagnosed with what's called biliary atresia."
 
John Robison's daughter was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition and has been waiting to get a new liver. "We had dozens of people call to be a live donor and got to the point where they had to shut down and say we're not taking any more offers."
 
This week, they got the call a match was found and someone could hopefully give her the gift of life. "Eventually, they decided that Nancy was the best match and it was nice to know somebody that we knew." Nancy Ervin is no stranger to the family. The two families have been friends for years. They all teach in the Effingham School District.
 
"She is the general of this army of people who have been helping us with Annaka since day one." Ervin started with fundraisers and dinners. Now, she's offering up a portion of her organ and agreed to do a live liver donation. "She can't move on 'til her recovery, until she gets a liver and I feel like it, that's what it takes to move on to recovery, then I will do what I can to help them."
 
She says, it's not about what she's doing for this little girl. It's about what this liver can do for her life. "They can't take a step forward until this is done and this just needs it happen for them.
 
The surgery has been scheduled for January 3rd. Doctors are still hoping Annaka can get a cadaver organ before then. If not Ervin has been approved for the donation.
 
If you'd like to help the family out make checks payable to “Benefit for Annaka Robison” at Fifth Third Bank, An account has been set up for the family to pay for the baby's medical bills.
 

 

 


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