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St. Louis Rams Dane Looker #89, 17-year old Kris Frischman and the American Liver Foundation celebrate the Gift of Life.
Kristopher (Kris) Frischman, a junior at Seckman High School, has been battling liver disease since he was born. Last week, Kris received a liver transplant, but before he left the hospital this week, the St. Louis Rams and the American Liver Foundation planned a surprise! On Monday, March 26, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, ninth floor West, Dane Looker, #89, wide receiver for the St. Louis Rams made an appearance in honor of Kris’ struggle with biliary atresia, a far too common pediatric liver disease. Dane visited with Kris and his family, signed autographs, a football and jersey for Kris. Kris showed Dane the impact on his body and the scare that his liver transplant left. Dane invited Kris and his family to a game of Kris' choice along with on field passes.
Biliary atresia, is a serious disease and the cause has not yet been discovered. The disease affects one in 20,000 live births. There is no cure for biliary atresia. The most successful treatment is the Kasai procedure and then eventually these children will need a liver transplant. The Kasai procedure is a type of surgery which creates drainage of bile from the liver when the ducts have become completely obstructed. In the Kasai procedure, the surgeon removes the damaged ducts outside of the liver and replaces them with a length of the baby’s own intestine which acts as a new duct.
Kris’ Kasai procedure lasted 17 years, which is a remarkably long time. Kris has been on and off the liver transplant waiting list from many years. His disease caused his skin and eyes to yellow (jaundice), and often times made him feel tired and kept him from being a “normal” child. While he loves football, he could never play. One of his favorite things to do is watch the Rams game with his family.
Kris has been a volunteer for the Missouri/Kansas chapter of the American Liver Foundation for the past seven years. According to his mother, Joan Frischman, “Volunteering is one way we feel we can help during this difficult time of waiting.” On behalf of the 94,721 people waiting for an organ transplant, we celebrate Kris’ new liver!
For more information, please contact the American Liver Foundation at 314-352-7377 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The American Liver Foundation is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization promoting liver health and disease prevention. ALF provides research, education and advocacy for those affected by liver-related diseases including hepatitis.