Two women who have been best friends since childhood gave birth to babies just weeks apart and both infants have the same potentially life-threatening illness, it is being reported.

According to the Daily Mail, Tara Sturman, 35, and Andrea Cobbold, 33, donated parts of their livers to their children at King's College Hospital in London with the hope that it would save their babies' lives from a condition called biliary atresia.

The birth defect affects about 50 babies in England and Wales each year, it was reported.

The condition meant that Cobbold's son Alex, 13 months, and Sturman's daughter India, 10 months, were born without bile ducts outside their liver so bile enters the bloodstream poisoning the liver and causing cirrhosis, the Mail reported.

Alex received her liver transplant in October 2007 and was allowed to go home on Dec. 20. India received hers in November and went back to her home in Elmswell, Suffolk, U.K. in January, according to the report.

The families live in neighboring villages in Suffolk.

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