GREENLEAF, Wis. (WBAY) – Not even a month old a little girl from Greenleaf is in the fight of her life. Lydia Pennenberg is in desperate need of a liver transplant.
The youngest and only daughter in the family, Lydia Pennenberg was born on February 16 weighing 8 pounds 7 ounces. According to his father, Andy Pennenberg, “It’s pretty common, we were out of the hospital, we came home 24 hours later. I just had a few routine checkups with his bilirubin and after a few checks things didn’t really add up.
A trip to Milwaukee Children’s Hospital last week led to a diagnosis of acute liver failure. “They thought maybe they could use some options where, if they gave him some medicine and gave him a little bit of time, his liver would sort of repair itself because it can regenerate on its own. So I feel like the start of this week is when the numbers don’t change, ”says mom, Jessica Pennenberg.
And within a month, it was determined that Lydia would need a liver transplant to survive. Her father says, “She was great. She’s so strong and does a great job. She is very alert, she is eating normally and you wouldn’t think anything else was wrong.
Being closely watched and under medical treatment, her hospital team and family are now looking for a liver donor. The ideal candidate would be between the ages of 18 and 40, of Type A or O blood, and weighing 80 pounds or less – because Lydia is so small. Shannon Sova is the Living Donor Transplant Nurse Coordinator for Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin. She says, “The liver is a very unique organ because of its ability to regenerate itself and therefore each segment or part of the liver has its own blood supply and so we can take that from an adult, but we have to find a very small portion and therefore the smaller the person, the smaller the segment to be given to the baby. “
The Pennenberg family is launching their plea on Facebook, hoping to have as many eyes as possible on Lydia’s story, convinced that someone will help their little girl.
“We know it won’t be easy, but we know there is a good chance of a fight,” says Andy Pennenberg. He adds, “And there are a lot of people out there who want to make a difference and I can’t think of a better difference they can make than saving a baby’s life.”
People who believe you meet their criteria to be a potential donor for Lydia are encouraged to register online for review. Applying online is the fastest and most efficient way to try and help Lydia.
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