TORONTO – The transplant teams at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network have collaborated on a successful living donor liver transplant for three-year-old Binh Wagner. An anonymous donor donated a portion of their liver to Binh, who has Alagille syndrome. The donation surgery was performed at Toronto General Hospital and the transplant surgery took place at SickKids within the past month. Binh’s twin sister Phuoc is doing well following her February 10 liver transplant.

The Wagner Family thanks the media and the public for the outpouring of support, and requests privacy at this time.

To protect the privacy and confidentiality of anonymous donors as required by Toronto General Hospital’s Living Donor Liver Program, the hospitals will not be releasing the date of the surgeries or any other possible identifying details.

A news conference will take place on Tuesday, April 21, during National Organ & Tissue Donation Awareness Week, which runs from April 20 to 27. The conference will be held at the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning at 686 Bay Street.

Pre- and post-operative photos of Binh will be provided to the media.

Who:

Dr. Binita Kamath, Staff Hepatologist in the Transplant and Regenerative Medicine Centre, SickKidsDr. Gary Levy, Director of the Living Donor Liver Program at Toronto General Hospital, UHN Johanne Wagner, mother of the twinsMichael Wagner, father of the twins and Phuoc’s donorRonnie Gavsie, President and CEO, Trillium Gift of Life Network When:

Tuesday, April 21, 10 a.m. Please arrive at 9:45 a.m. for media registration and setup

Where:

The Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning 686 Bay StreetToronto, ON

**Please note the news conference will not take place in the hospital. Please go directly to 686 Bay Street (corner Bay & Elm).**

Media contacts:

Suzanne GoldThe Hospital for Sick Children416-813-7654, ext. 202059[email protected]

Alexandra RadkewyczUniversity Health Network416-340-3895alexandr[email protected]