Dying Vallejo Baby Gets New Liver

Now the girl's family is struggling with the hefty medical bill.

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    A Vallejo family is celebrating the rebirth of their 7-month-old daughter. Little Makayla underwent a liver transplant at Stanford's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. The surgery saved her life...but it came at a heartbreaking loss to another family. NBC Bay Area's George Kiriyama has the story you can only see on NBC Bay Area.

    A dying 7-month old Vallejo baby had a liver transplant Wednesday that could save her life.

    Makayla Faith Keltz suffers from a genetic malformation which caused her liver to fail, the Vallejo Times-Herald reported. With only a couple of months to live, the baby was so sick her skin turned yellow, according to her mother, Lauren Wilson.

    The baby's new liver came from a healthy 2-year-old boy who was killed in an accident four states away. The boy's parent chose to donate his liver.

    Makayla's procedure at Stanford's Lucille Packard Children's Hospital Wednesday morning was a success.

    "This is like a new birthday for her," Wilson told the newspaper. "I know it's a new beginning for her."

    The family is now struggling with the medical fees.

    "The medical bill, without the transplant or the special food, is $3.2 million," Wilson said. "But, I'm so relieved. This has been the hardest four months of my life."

    If you would like to contribute to Makayla's health care fund, you can call her mother, Lauren Wilson, at (707) 294-3177.