Sunday 26 March 2017

'Miracle boy' is ready to start class

Ready for his first day at School, five-year-old Kenzie Lee Ayres of Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, who had a life saving liver swap as a baby
Ready for his first day at School, five-year-old Kenzie Lee Ayres of Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, who had a life saving liver swap as a baby

Anita Guidera

A MIRACLE child who was given little chance of survival at birth because of a rare liver condition will start school this week.

Kenzie-Lee Ayres (5), from Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, underwent a life-saving liver transplant when he was just 13 months old.

The plucky five-year-old proved his fitness yesterday when he took part in a charity swim for Crumlin Children's Hospital, where he still goes for regular check-ups.

Kenzie-Lee was diagnosed with the deadly Biliary Atresia when he was just five weeks old and almost died four times within his first year of life.

His devastated parents Michael Ayres and Sinead Moloney were told that he needed a new liver before he was 18 months old or he would not survive.

But in September 2006, he received a new liver in a six-hour operation at Kings College Hospital in London, after a huge fundraising campaign in his hometown of Ballyshannon.

He still takes anti-rejection tablets three times a day but his medication will be reduced from next year. "Other than that, Kenzie is quite normal, no bother at all," said Ms Moloney.

Kenzie-Lee reaches another milestone in his recovery when he starts school at Scoil Caitriona in Ballyshannon on Wednesday.

Irish Independent

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