Living with Liver Disease a blogsite for Sheldon Josh Earl Medina, born October 8, 2007, was born with a rare liver disease, Biliary Atresia, wherein the liver does not have ducts. As a result, bile is trapped in the liver, damaging it and scarring the liver cells. Biliary atresia is the single, most-common reason for liver transplant in children. The liver soon becomes cirrhotic and eventually malfunctions completely, normally within one year of birth, which will lead to the death of the patient. When the liver becomes cirrhotic, there is no other recourse but a liver transplant, if the patient is to survive.
Sheldon needs a liver transplant that would cost about Php 3 to 5 million. According to Sheldon’s father, they are now mobilizing the whole family, friends and relatives to help raise the fund for the operation since their family was financially distressed and exhausted from almost monthly hospital confinement of their son. They are also trying to raise fund for the operation from the charitable institutions and foundations they appealed for financial help.