Milam hopes to raise awareness about importance of organ donation

Kimberly Rubio

Assistant editor

Sabinal Elementary fifth-grader Jenna Milam serves as a classroom representative and participates in University Interscholastic League, but none of that would be possible if not for the liver transplant she received at two years of age.

Jenna was born Sept. 16, 2006, to Elizabeth and John Milam of Sabinal. At one month she underwent heart surgery. At two months, and after a liver biopsy, Jenna was diagnosed with Alagille syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the liver, heart and other organs.

One of the major features of Alagille syndrome is liver damage caused by abnormalities in the bile ducts. These ducts carry bile, which helps to digest fats, from the liver to the gallbladder and small intestine.

Such was the case with Jenna, who upon receiving a diagnosis was placed on the United Network for Organ Sharing. Her parents received word of a match just after midnight on April 15, 2008.


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