Tessa Williams received two livers in 24 hours.
Black Creek teenager Tessa Williams is resting at Vancouver General Hospital after an emotional 24 hours that saw her undergo two liver transplants.
Complications arose late Monday afternoon as blood clots formed around the first new liver causing it to fail.
Williams was put on a national priority list for the next available liver and remarkably it arrived within hours.
She was operated on late Monday night for the second time in a span of 24 hours.
“It was a numbness like I’ve not felt before. You just can’t grasp what’s happening and then to learn another liver had arrived, it’s a roller coaster,” said Vicki Auerbach from Union Bay. Auerbach is Tessa’s mom’s cousin.
The 15 year-old was diagnosed with Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma when she was 13. It is a rare form of liver cancer that affects only 200 people world-wide every year.
“I don’t know how she’s done it so far. She’s a fabulous kid and she’s survived so much,” added Auerbach.
She had two-thirds of her liver removed in August 2014, however the cancer affected an area close to a main blood vessel to the liver so the cancer could not be completely taken out.
She has waited for a transplant ever since.
Five live-donors were deemed to be incompatible.
A family friend has set up an online fundraising site to help the family with expenses through what will be a lengthy recovery period. You can find it here.