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Charlotte taking baby steps toward recovery after 2nd liver transplant

Inside their rented home, little Charlotte Quiroz-Bray, with mother Rebecca’s encouragement, is busy figuring out which piece fits where in a puzzle. Next to her is a large bag holding her nourishment.

Paying no attention to the tube running from the bag to her stomach, she grabs another toy and laughs.

After two liver transplants, the first of which her body rejected, Charlotte and her family are celebrating the six-month anniversary of the successful transplant of her second liver.

Charlotte suffers from biliary atresia, a rare condition in which the bile ducts do not develop normally. Doctors at University of San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center successfully accomplished the transplant of the second liver after it was donated by a San Francisco resident...


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