A baby with a liver that is so diseased doctors have compared it to the liver of a 35-year-old alcoholic will get a piece of her mother’s liver Tuesday, KGMB9.com reported.
Doctors say 7-month-old Hiilei Ching of Aiea, Hawaii needs a transplant to live. She was diagnosed in April with biliary atresia — a blockage of the bile ducts that causes cirrhosis.
The condition has caused Hiilei’s skin and the whites of her eyes to turn yellow from jaundice.
"She's really cute and we thought she had a nice tan," Hiilei's grandmother, Robyn Hashimoto told KGMB9.com. "This is before they actually said she had a problem."
Hiilei's mother, Kauhane Ching will donate part of her liver in a bid to save her daughter’s life, according to the report.
The eight-hour operation will take place at Stanford University's Lucille Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif.
Biliary atresia is a disease that affects one out of every 10,000 children. The cause of the disease is unknown, but it is not believed to be hereditary and seems to be more prevalent in females of Asian or African-American decent, according to the American Liver Foundation.