Tessa Williams had a rare form of liver cancer.
A Comox Valley teen fighting a rare form of liver cancer is back in surgery at Vancouver Children’s Hospital at this hour.
It comes after a day full of hope and heartache for her family.
This morning, Tessa Williams finally received the liver transplant she had waited for to save her life.
Following the surgery, her family says there were complications, that the new liver was causing blood clots to form.
Now in a coma, Williams was then put on a Canada-wide priority list for another new liver.
And tonight, her family says that liver arrived and the 15-year old is undergoing a second transplant
In the early summer of 2014 at just 13 years old Tessa Williams was diagnosed with Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma, a rare form of liver cancer that affects only 200 people a year world wide.
The chances of getting it were one in five million.
That August Tessa had two-thirds of her liver removed but the cancer was close to the main artery feeding blood to the liver so doctors could not remove all of the cancer.
Doctors told her radiation and chemotherapy were an option but once that was attempted, a liver transplant would no longer be an option.
Her only real hope at survival was to get a new liver.