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For the love of baby Cheyanne

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Family and friends come together to help and support Alta baby who could need liver transplant

Cheyanne Leonard and her family needs your prayers.

The 5-month-old daughter of Mandy Page and Joseph Leonard of Alta, has been diagnosed with Biliary atresia - the absence or closure of the major bile ducts that drain bile from the liver. There is one case of biliary atresia out of every 15,000 live births. Females are affected slightly more often than males.

The baby underwent surgery when she was 11 weeks old at Children's Hospital in Omaha to remove her gall bladder and attach the small intestine directly to the liver at the spot where bile is found or expected to drain.

Cheyanne's parents have been told the surgery is somewhat of a band aid. Her liver will function for now but eventually she could need a liver transplant.

A week after this surgery, Cheyanne had to have an emergency exploratory surgery in which doctors found a small perforation in her intestine which was stitched closed. Without these surgeries, doctors stated she would pass away by the age of 1. Most recently, Cheyanne has been admitted back into the hospital with a blood infection and will has a central line placed in her tiny body to administer medications.

Cheyanne is at home now and is a very happy and protected baby. It is important to keep her from as many germs as possible so she won't get sick.

This young family could also use help financially. Family and friends have come together to organize a fundraiser; you're invited to take part.

A soup supper and silent auction will take place at Grace Lutheran Church in Storm Lake, Sunday, Nov. 9 from 11:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m.

An array of donations have been received from area businesses and individuals. Items available for bidding include gift certificates for massages from different massage therapists, gift baskets, King's Pointe passes, an MP3 player, a one-night stay at Super 8, a watch from Paxtons, a gift from Buena Vista Stationary, a spring lawn-care packages from Bunjes and much more.

If anyone would like to donate an item for the silent auction, please contact Jenny Marshall at 200-3753.

"We've had a wonderful response from the area businesses and we greatly appreciate everyone's caring support," Marshall said.

Cheyanne's mom Mandy said the family is making it through the tough situation - with the help and support of family and friends. They have learned a great deal about the medical problem from the medical team that has cared for their daughter and are aware of signs to look for when things aren't going quite right. "All the nurses have been excellent," Mandy said, adding they are relieved to know they have been able to get the best care they possibly can for Cheyanne.

Cheyanne has an older brother, Landon. Grandparents are Keith and Natalie Page, Alta, and Michelle Newcomb of North Carolina. Great-grandma is Bonnie Goodman, Alta, and great-uncle is Nick Goodman.

Cheyanne was born May 10 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center. She became jaundiced in the hospital, not unusual, and was treated for it. Five weeks later the jaundice returned. It took another five weeks before the diagnosis was made after countless trips to the family's local doctor, to Iowa City and finally Omaha.

A fund for Cheyanne has been set up at Security Bank in Storm Lake. If you would like to help the family, please send donations to:

Security Trust and Savings Bank

Cheyanne Page Account

C/O Mandy Page

601 Lake Ave.

Storm Lake, Iowa 50588

Mark Nov. 9 on your calendars to attend the benefit dinner and silent auction.



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