Baby Alicia’s 7,500-Mile Journey for a New Liver

Alicia, a chubby-cheeked toddler, fist-bumps her dad and then breaks into enthusiastic clapping.

She and her family have a lot to cheer.

Three weeks after Alicia was born in Nairobi Hospital, her doctors diagnosed her with biliary atresia, a blockage in the ducts that carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder. The condition accounts for half of children with end-stage liver disease and half who need a liver transplant.

Parents Josphat and Jacklin realized Alicia couldn’t get the care she needed at home, so they got on a plane from Kenya and came to Baltimore. Josphat says, “I lived in Baltimore and know that Johns Hopkins is the best hospital.”

You can watch this video to see how far a father will go to save his child’s life. Josphat says, “Coming to Johns Hopkins was the best decision we ever made.”