Angel was born weighing 1lb 7oz and had to have all of his small intestine removed at birth. This resulted in a condition called Short Bowel Syndrome where he would require IV nutrition called TPN to survive. TPN causes liver damage and in 2008 after 8 years on TPN, Angel's liver went into end stage failure and he underwent a liver, small intestine, and pancreas transplant at UCLA. One year later the small intestine rejected and was removed entirely - making him Short Bowel again with TPN for nutrition in 2010. Early 2012 Angel contracted a serious virus that resulted in a full arrest at his home.
This caused his transplanted liver to go into failure once again and his kidneys as well. April 6th, 2012 Angel underwent another transplant - this time a liver, small intestine, pancreas, and 2 kidneys.
Spring 2013 finds Angel feeling amazing and doing very well! The 2nd transplant has been a success and he is living life to the fullest. He is happy, playful, and active! We owe each day he has doing what he loves to UCLA and their amazing staff and facility.
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