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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Fundraiser Scheduled After Liver Transplants

Wellsboro girl on the mend with community support and prayers

By CHERYL R. CLARKE cclarke@sungazette.com

Sun Gazette

WELLSBORO - While others her age were getting ready for college, 18-year-old Montana Abplanalp was fighting for her life.

Just months after her graduation from Wellsboro Area High School, Abplanalp found herself with a barely functioning liver as the result of what her mother Joan said doctors called "autoimmune hepatitis," an inflammation of the liver that occurs when immune cells mistake the liver's normal cells for harmful invaders and attack them, according to Google Health.

Though doctors had no idea where the disease came from or how Montana contracted it, they didn't hold out much hope for the teen's survival.

"They said she was dying, with just hours to live, and when they took it (her liver) out it was the size of a fist with two pink spots on it; the rest of it was dead," her mother said. More...

5 comments :

Anonymous said...

How do I get a donation to these folks? A few years ago, a close relative of mine was seriously injured and the community pulled together and was so generous and giving. I was so deeply touched by all of the help and money that was given. Whenever I hear of another family in need in the area, I want to pay it forward and help out in turn.

juju said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Anonymous said...

Just a note from another mother coping with her child being seriously ill, it really helps to know that people in our area are generous and helpful in our time need. Never give up hope. Prayers to the family.

Anonymous said...

I sympathize for this girl and her family.. thoughts and prayers are with them.. and Tonya Bruce and her family as well.. shortly after graduating from Coudersport High School in June, she found out she had brain cancer.. she has a long road ahead of her! please pray for these girls and their families!

Anonymous said...

For the first poster... and anyone else interested in making a donation to the family: Donations can be made to Montana Abplanalp and/or Joan Abplanalp
c/o Citizens and Northern Bank either the Coudersport or Wellsboro branches.