There is still one thing left on Kinley's Christmas wish list - a liver transplant.
Kinley Hildebrandt, a 5 year old, has a rare liver disease called Biliary Atresia. She has made multiple trips and stays at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon to help combat the disease and is now in need of a liver transplant.
Candis Hildebrandt, Kinley's Mother, said they are still waiting on a phone call to see if a match has been found.
To be an eligible donor, a person must have the same blood type and in general good health with no major illnesses such as high blood pressure or cancer.
Hildebrandt also explained that an adult donor would only have to give up a portion of their liver, "An adult can donate 70% of their liver safely, for Kinley it may be anywhere from 30-40% just because she is so small." An adult liver will also be able to grow back in about three months time.
She also said they are encouraging people to sign their organ donor card or add the donor sticker to their health card to help other people like Kinley, "Being an organ donor in general is something we like to raise awareness about. There are people passing away who aren't getting a chance in life. (When you pass away) You can save, just with your organs, up to eight lives."
There is currently no known cause of Biliary Atresia. The liver disease usually appears in infancy.
People wishing to be a donor to help Kinley, or other people in need, can find more information on the Saskatchewan Health Authority's website or Kinley's Facebook Page, both included in links below.
- More Information: SHA Organ and Tissue Donation
- More Information: Kinley's Journey With Biliary Atresia
The family is also a big supporter of Teddy Bears Anonymous, which donates new teddy bears to children in the hospital.
Hildebrandt said the organization has had a positive impact on Kinley, and they like to try and give back, "She just received her 11th teddy bear from the organization so we know how important they are to her and how it changes her hospital stay. We thought it would be a good thing to help raise money to make sure there is teddy bears for all the kids."
Teddy Bears Anonymous has just recently been brought to the community of Kindersley. Donations can be made at the Kindersley Hospital.