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Family thrilled after biopsy

Recovery: Megan Leverrier  is recovering well after a liver transplant followed by tests that showed the tumour attached to her liver was benign.  - Photo contributed
Recovery: Megan Leverrier is recovering well after a liver transplant followed by tests that showed the tumour attached to her liver was benign.
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Two miracles for the Leverrier family.

The first came a month ago. It was the long-hoped-for news that a liver was available for transplant for four-year-old Megan Leverrier, who had been in Toronto Sick Children’s Hospital since April.

Megan was flown to hospital in Toronto after she was diagnosed with a mass the size of a football attached to her liver.

It had been diagnosed as very rare – an angiosarcoma surrounded by a hemangioma, a tumour within a tumour.

The mass that was successfully removed during the liver transplant on July 27 weighed 13.2 pounds.

Since then, Megan has been recovering well.

Last week, another miracle for the Leverrier family.

Megan’s parents, Michelle and Jamie, posted on Facebook this past Friday, Aug. 29, more miraculous news.

They write: “We have received some incredible news! The pathologists have agreed that the tumour that was on Megan’s liver was one giant Hemangioma (benign tumour)! There isn’t any trace of the cancerous angiocarsoma!

“We will probably never know why the hemangioma grew to the size it was as it should not have been found in a child Megan’s age and it should not have grown to that size.

“On Tuesday Megan is being put under so that the plastic surgeons can really clean the infection/open part of Megan’s incision and see if there is anything that needs to be done differently to heal her wound.

“We have been able to go to the Ronald McDonald House and have fun as a family as Megan is allowed day passes in between the medications she requires.

“We find out more each day of how our lives have really changed as we learn more about the things we have to do and watch for regarding Megan’s transplant.”

The rapid growth of the tumour meant it was pushing on her organs, making eating impossible and causing her pain.

Megan is one of two children; she has a younger brother Gavin. Her father Jaimie is an RCMP officer with the Salmon Arm detachment.

The Leverriers have received much support, both from the police and from the community.

 

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