Baby Barrie boy in need of a new liver
The five-month-old Nathan Brent of Barrie needs a liver transplant as soon as possible, having spent most of his young life at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. SUBMITTED
Nathan Brent has had a tough start to life.
The five-month-old Barrie boy needs a liver transplant as soon as possible, having spent most of his young life at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, with his parents by his side.
He has a condition called biliary atresia – basically his liver isn’t working - and he needs a new one. When he was just three months old, Nathan underwent a procedure to attempt to correct the liver issues; unfortunately, the procedure was unsuccessful.
Nathan also has a heart condition, tetralogy of Fallot, which will require open heart surgery to fix before he is two years old. The heart can be fixed, but is complicating things for the liver surgery.
So he will be staying at Sick Kids until he has the transplant, as he is too weak to be at home. He's getting great care there, and once these surgeries are behind him, should lead a fairly normal life.
But this is a very difficult for the family, as they have a two-year-old son Andrew, and a 16-year-old daughter Hayley, back in Barrie.
The next step is getting Nathan on the organ donor registry and also testing his dad Bill for a potential match, as a live donor.
If his dad is a match, the surgery will be scheduled sooner rather than later; however, the Brents will be spending Christmas at the hospital.
Bill is currently waiting for his test results, and if he turns out to be a positive match, Nathan will receive the best Christmas gift ever… a new liver!
During the surgery, Bill and Nathan will likely use between three and 12 units of blood each, and the family would like to ask people to donate blood this holiday season, and sign the organ donor cards.
Expenses are adding up for Nathan’s family. They are back and forth to Toronto regularly, trying to keep things as normal as possible for the family, as well as being at the hospital around the clock for Nathan.
Daily parking, lodging, gas, etc. add up quickly. With Nathan's mom on maternity leave and his dad looking at eight to 10 weeks off work for recovery, after donating part of his liver, it's difficult for the family to make ends meet.
A trust fund has been set up for Nathan’s family with TD Canada Trust on Bayfield Street in Barrie, account number 2078 6676090, or donations can be made at http://www.gofundme.com/hxfu3s .
In the latter's first dozen days, $770 of the $2,500 goal has been donated by 10 people.