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Dad has part of liver removed to save one twin

By Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard

Johanne and Michael Wagner hold their adopted twin daughters Binh (left) and Phuoc, in their Kingston, Ont., home, Jan. 8, 2014. (ELLIOT FERGUSON/QMI Agency)

Johanne and Michael Wagner hold their adopted twin daughters Binh (left) and Phuoc, in their Kingston, Ont., home, Jan. 8, 2014. (ELLIOT FERGUSON/QMI Agency)

KINGSTON, Ont. - A father had surgery in Toronto on Tuesday to remove part of his liver for one of his three-year-old twin daughters who both need life-saving liver transplants.

Michael Wagner came out of surgery around 2 p.m.

His wife Johanne Wagner used Facebook to keep friends and family updated about the surgery.

The Wagners adopted twin girls Binh and Phuoc who suffer from Alagille syndrome, a genetic disease that affects the liver, heart, kidneys and other systems of the body.

Doctors determined Phuoc was the best medical match to receive part of her father’s liver. A donor for Binh remains to be found.

“Daddy out of surgery and well,” Johanne wrote on Facebook. “The portion of his liver has been transferred across the street.”

The girls’ condition has attacked their livers and caused abnormalities in the ducts that carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder and small intestine. The result is a buildup of bile in the liver that prevents it from working properly to remove waste materials from the bloodstream.


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