KINGSTON, Ontario – A father had surgery in Toronto on Tuesday to remove part of his liver for one of his three-year-old twin daughters who both need life-saving liver transplants.
Michael Wagner came out of surgery around 2 p.m.
His wife Johanne Wagner used Facebook to keep friends and family updated about the surgery.
The Wagners adopted twin girls Binh and Phuoc who suffer from Alagille syndrome, a genetic disease that affects the liver, heart, kidneys and other systems of the body.
Doctors determined Phuoc was the best medical match to receive part of her father’s liver. A donor for Binh remains to be found.
“Daddy out of surgery and well,” Johanne wrote on Facebook. “The portion of his liver has been transferred across the street.”
The girls’ condition has attacked their livers and caused abnormalities in the ducts that carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder and small intestine.
The result is a buildup of bile in the liver that prevents it from working properly to remove waste materials from the bloodstream.
A long journey from Ethiopia, a storybook ending at Pearson
Published on Wednesday December 19, 2012
CARLOS OSORIO/TORONTO STAR
Tiffany Gillespie (in black shirt) watches as her newly adopted daughter Edan (in pink) greets her new sisters Cristiana (in purple) and Aliya (in white) at Pearson airport Wednesday. Tiffany was returning with Edan after adopting her from an orphanage in Ethiopia.
The text to her partner came from the immigration line on the other side of sliding glass doors at Pearson airport’s Terminal 1.
“You’d better have Kleenex for me.”
Tiffany Gillespie was puddling up again. Inching closer and closer to one last border officer, the tears were flowing more frequently now. Soon, the 5-year-old at her side, the one with the trusting eyes, gap-toothed smile and colourful beads braided so perfectly into her hair, would officially be a landed immigrant.
Immigration lawyer aids all ages. Bola Akinnusi Janis Ramsay photo
BARRIE – From adopting a tiny baby to bringing your grandparents to Canada, Bola Akinnusi is ready to help Barrie residents.
Practising immigration and refugee law, Akinnusi set up shop in Barrie earlier this summer.
“My main focus in Barrie is immigration, as I discovered a year ago there was a need for an immigration lawyer in Barrie,” said Akinnusi.