ALESTER BAIN did not give life to his stepson, Nathaniel Cipriani.
But in the coming weeks, he will go beyond the typical call of a father when he donates 25 per cent of his liver to the critically ill toddler.
Nathaniel, who has spent his one year of life fighting to survive, was diagnosed at five days old with biliary atresia— a potentially fatal illness in infants caused by abnormalities in the bile ducts.
His condition is critical, though Nathaniel remains a smiling baby despite the occasional pain of his condition.
The State’s Children’s Life Fund, which his mother Risa-Ann Cipriani-Bain applied to when Nathaniel was seven months old, has approved the $1 million needed for his liver transplant surgery, which will be performed by Dr Carlos Luque of the Especialistas Ar Trasplante Hepatics (ETHE) in Argentina.
By Kim Boodram Trinidad express