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Elan given a new liver in nine-hour op; Transplant girl,4,is expected home soon.

Byline: EMYR WILLIAMS

A NORTH Wales youngster is recovering in hospital after getting a new liver in a nine-hour operation.

Medics had decided a transplant was the only way to keep four-year-old Elan Fflur Lloyd alive.

Diagnosed at birth with a liver blockage, her parents Arfon Lloyd and Gwenan Williams were warned in November her condition had worsened.

For the last few weeks the family had been on stand-by at their Porthmadog home, waiting for a call from the specialist unit at Birmingham to say a liver was available.

Last night Elan was said to be comfortable in hospital, surrounded by her family,following Monday's operation.

``The best news, of course, we are all waiting for is that she will be allowed home soon to make, we hope, a successful recovery,'' said her grandmother Elsie Williams. Along with her husband Jim she has been looking after Elan's 17-month-old brother Uwan Fon.

Yesterday the Porthmadog couple also travelled to Birmingham to see their granddaughter after her operation.

Elan, who suffers Biliary Atresia,is a pupil at the town's Ysgol Eifion Wyn.

``Elan has all along battled against her liver problems,and doctors in Birmingham have told us that she is making an excellent recovery,'' said Mrs Williams.

``Both Arfon and Gwenan have been at her bedside since they took her to Birmingham by car late on Sunday night in response to the news that a matching liver had become available.

``It's been a worrying time for us all,but the good news is that she may be allowed home before the end of the two weeks that is normal following such an operation.''

Mrs Williams and her husband Jim thanked the entire community for showing such concern for Elan over recent weeks.

``We never realised until now how supportive people can be, and in particular we would like to thank the local ministers for their moral and spiritual support, which we can only describe as fantastic.''
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