Mid-South family needs help as baby awaits kidney transplant

Mid-South family needs help as baby awaits kidney transplant

GERMANTOWN, TN (WMC) - A baby born last year in Memphis needs your help.

Elena Liriano needs a kidney transplant. She's the daughter of Suzanne Taylor and Leonidas Liriano, and she was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease.

Doctors at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital said Elena needs the kidney transplant in order to survive.

"Her kidneys weren't functioning," her mother Suzanne Taylor Liriano said.

Within the first week of the little girl's life, she was on a path to dialysis. But now, she needs a transplant to survive.

The cost of a transplant often exceeds $500,000, so the Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is stepping in to raise money to help pay for Elena's procedure.

"We have copays of course, and all the expenses of taking the time off work for the transplant and other hospitalization associated costs," Liriano said.

The family is planning to have the transplant next year once Elena reaches a safe weight of 22 pounds for the surgery.

"The great thing about CODA is that 100 percent of the proceeds go for Elena for her whole life. So, she needs a kidney transplant at age two, she will likely need more than one in her life to have a full life," Liriano said.

Volunteers are needed to help with the fundraising activities. Individuals or groups interested in helping COTA can contact Lia Savino at 901-481-4989 or liajofisher@mail.com.

If you wish to donate to the cause you may mail your donation to Children's Organ Transplant Association, 2501 West COTA Drive, Bloomington, Indiana, 47403; write a check or money order that's made payable to COTA, with "In Honor of Elena L" written on the memo line of the check; or you may donate online at this link.

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