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Unless she gets a liver transplant, five-month-old baby Mia will not make it to six months.

Baby Mia was flown to the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and listed for an urgent transplant three weeks ago, reports The Daily Telegraph.

Mia was born with biliary atresia, a rare disease of the liver that destroys the bile ducts, bile is unable to drain, so it builds up in the liver and causes significant damage, leading to death.

Mia’s parents are willing to be a live liver donor, where part of a liver is donated by a living relative, but the procedure is a last resort because it carries a serious risk of complication, including a high mortality rate for the donor.

“It does have a lot of complications but both Barry and I would do it,” Mrs Evans said.

“She’s a priority, but you can see her deteriorating quite quickly and it’s hard to watch. She’s only five months old.”

Mrs Evans urged people to talk about organ donation. “We’d like people to have that conversation with their family. You have the ability to save someone’s life and it’s so sad there are not more ­donors out there registered.”

The liver transplant team at the Children’s Hospital are passionate about encouraging people to think about and discuss organ donation, with another five children, not including Mia, also ­on the transplant list.

Transplant Australia say there are only 18 donors per million people in Australia, with NSW donor rates below average at 17 ­donors per million.

At any one time there are 1500 ­people on the waiting list.

For more information go to donatelife.gov.au

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  • It’s people like you and websites like this that indirectly helped give Mia the transplant she finally got. I hope you saw the news – see photo.
    If we can work with you in the future, just say the word.
    Sue, Communications, DonateLife WA.

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  • I must admit, I am still ‘up in arms’ about organ donation for myself. I hope that this family finds a suitable donor soon and baby Mia lives a long, healthy and happy life!

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  • organ donation is so important it todays day and age.

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  • I think organ donation is very important and something I feel very deeply about. I hope little Mia gets well soon.

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  • Beautiful baby Mia, my thoughts are with you and your family. Sweet girl ♡

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  • Surely those statistics are wrong, both myself and my partner are organ donors. I hope this poor baby gets what she needs in time!!

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  • I hope and pray that this beautiful little girl gets her transplant. What a gut wrenching time for this family.

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  • Hopefully Mia will get the help she needs,a beautiful little girl.

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  • My husband and I have had this conversation.

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  • Praying baby Mia gets her new liver and all goes well with transplant. Organ donation is so important!! I’m registered and think everyone that is able to should be. We don’t need our organs once we are gone

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  • 18 donors for every million people?! They are scary statistics!!
    I am a registered organ donor, and I urge my family and friends to do the same.
    Hoping that beautiful little Mia can be saved.

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  • I made sure as soon as I was old enough to make the legal decision I became a Registered Organ Donor. There is a card that lives in my wallet and all of my family and close friends know of my wishes.

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  • I too am a registered organ donor and my family knows my wishes.

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  • Oh poor little bubba. I’m listed as anorgan donor. Imsuprised there aren’t more

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  • Just 18 donors for a million people in Australia? Really? Shocking!
    I hope one liver will soon come for this beautiful girl.
    I am a registered donor too.

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