Five days before Christmas, little 11 year-old Hope Weber should have been happily awaiting the arrival of the holidays, not sick in bed instead waiting for a new liver to save her life.
Hope had been on the waiting list for a new liver since the prior summer when they found adenoma tumors on her liver. She and her family were home when the call came in that turned the tide and would save the little girl’s life. A new liver was available and it was time to get to the hospital to get ready for the transplant.
Hope was rushed to the Nebraska Medical Center where she was prepped for what would be an operation taking between four to six hours, according to her doctor, Dr. Alan Langnas. Hope’s parents, Carrie and Eric, say they had already faced many other surgeries, but that they trusted Langna’s team to do the job. They also said they believed their daughter was in God’s hands as well and that she was a true fighter and strong enough to handle this operation. They also had thanks and prayers for the family whose loved one died so they could receive the new liver for Hope.
Hope is one of the youngest liver transplant patients at the Nebraska Medical Center. He doctor stressed how important transplants are to people like Hope, saying that there is only a one in 10 chance that a person in the US on a transplant list would get the organ they need to survive.
Update: Hope is doing well six weeks after the operation and is back in school.