AMAZING THINGS ARE HAPPENING HERE:
“You have to believe in the Hospital. It’s never going to be easy; you just have to be strong because it will all work out.”
Only a few weeks after Julianna Reid was born, her mother, Janell, noticed something was very wrong—Julianna was losing weight,
and her eyes and skin were turning a deep yellow.
Following an examination, the family’s pediatrician sent Julianna to Albany Medical Center for further consultation. There, doctors
informed Janell that Julianna had a rare condition called biliary atresia. Affecting just one out of every 18,000 newborns, this rare disease narrows bile ducts—tubes inside and outside the liver—and prevents bile from flowing to the large intestine to aid digestion. The bile builds up in the liver, causing malnutrition, cirrhosis, and inevitable liver failure.
Despite an initial treatment plan, it soon became clear that Julianna needed more specialized care. “She was very, very sick, and we were told that she wouldn’t make it to her fifth birthday if she didn’t have a liver transplant,” Janell recalls.
So Julianna’s doctors contacted Jean C. Emond, MD, who had recently established the first multidisciplinary liver disease center in the United States at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Dr. Emond recommended a living donor liver transplant, ideally with a family member as a donor. Fortunately, Julianna’s father, Leonard, was a
On her first birthday, Julianna received a portion of her father’s liver to replace her failing one. Julianna’s recovery was an extraordinary success. Today, she is thriving thanks to the exceptional care she recieved.
Read more about Julianna's incredible story here—It is another example of the truly amazing things made possible by your ongoing
support of NewYork-Presbyterian. Thank you for helping us bring world-class
healthcare to our entire community! ■