Samantha Pang was born in Canberra in January 2003, a seemingly healthy baby. Two days after birth, she became jaundiced but this was not the common jaundice that some newborns experience. Her jaundice did not go away and at four months old, we were referred to specialists in Sydney for investigation. She was then diagnosed with Biliary Atresia – a condition in which the bile ducts were either blocked or missing. Sam’s bile ducts were blocked and this gradually led to liver damage. The only option for her was a liver transplant. She was put on the transplant waiting list in December 2003. During this time, her abdomen swelled with fluid, she was not able to absorb her food and became progressively ill.
The call we had been waiting for arrived in June 2004 and Sam was rushed to The Childrens’ Hospital at Westmead in Sydney for a liver transplant. She was 17 months old.
Today Sam is a happy, lively 12 year old with loads of energy and a love of life. She loves to sing and dance, and best of all, she has the chance to grow up – something that every child deserves. This would not have been possible without the generous gift from an organ donor to whom we are eternally grateful.