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World's smallest liver-kidney transplant saves toddler's life

from By Lynn Hetzler

From Oct. 23: Aspen Erickson was only 2 months old when doctors diagnosed her with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. Her parents watched helplessly as their little girl experienced seizures and weight loss. To have a chance at a normal life, Erickson would need a combined liver-kidney transplant. At 16 months old, Erickson received her transplant in a six-hour procedure at University of Utah Health Care. At the time of the procedure, the physicians did not realize Erickson would be the youngest person ever to undergo the procedure. more

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