Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Transplant Landmark Celebrated; A Stranger's Kindness Saved Elizabeth's Life

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Transplant Landmark Celebrated; A Stranger's Kindness Saved Elizabeth's Life

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Byline: Meghan Harris meghan.harris@thechronicle.com.au

NOT a day goes by that Toowoomba woman Elizabeth Leak does not think of the person who saved her life 20 years ago.

Miss Leak was born with a rare liver disease called biliary atresia which is a life threatening condition in infants that affects the bile ducts.

The doctors did not diagnose Miss Leak until she was four-weeks-old and they immediately tried to operate, which unfortunately failed.

That was when she was placed on the donor list.

Miss Leak said it was the kindness of a stranger that saved her life.

"Biliary atresia is quite uncommon. Only one in every 18,000 people are diagnosed," Miss Leak said.

"I don't think people realise that little babies can require a transplant," she said.

When Miss Leak was seven-months-old, the doctors told her parents she only had one week to live.

A few days later, her family received the life-changing call to say a liver had become available. …

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