Gift of life by liver donor

Katrina (front) is ready to fly home today with her dad Dave, mum Mandy and sister Adele.
Katrina (front) is ready to fly home today with her dad Dave, mum Mandy and sister Adele.

Today, nine-year-old Katrina will walk out of hospital and fly home to Perth no longer dependant on hourly tube feeds and a pump at night.

The Tapping youngster went on the transplant list on December 18 and was told she may have to wait up to a year for a suitable donor.

Mrs Wyer described the nine-week turnaround and family’s relief as ‘unreal’.

‘It hasn’t sunk in yet how all of our lives will change now,’ she said. ‘The whole emphasis of being unwell and having a condition is going to be lifted from Katrina; she’s going to have to learn to be normal.’

Surgeons removed Katrina’s damaged 2.7kg liver and replaced it with a healthy 380gram one.

A section of her old liver has been sent to American researchers for further study into glycogen storage disease type 1A.

Katrina’s dedicated Facebook page by Mrs Wyer has almost 800 likes and hundreds of comments of support for the family, with one post receiving more than 7700 views.

‘There’s so many hours of not doing anything here, just reading all the messages from friends, from family and from people we don’t even know’