My Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge site. It has been created to keep friends and family updated about Allison's progress.

My Story describes Allison's journey up to her diagnosis of biliary atresia.


Be sure to read the latest updates in the journal, view the photo gallery, and drop us a line in the guestbook. The links page offers more info on biliary atresia and organ donation.



Allison was born at Andrews AFB, MD in July of 2006. On November 1st we took her to the doctor because we thought she looked jaundiced. After an initial blood test, Allison was admitted to Walter/> Reed/> Army/> Medical/> Center/>/> for further observation. After many more tests over 10 days she was transferred to Georgetown/> University/> Hospital/>/> where Allison underwent laparoscopic surgery and was eventually diagnosed with a liver disease called biliary atresia. This is a rare disease that effects 1 in 15,000 infants and Allison will need a liver transplant within the year. She currently takes vitamins and several medications to help reduce her ascites (fluid in the abdomen). She sees the gastrointestinal doctors at Walter Reed weekly and then Dr. Kaufman at Georgetown monthly. As of December 2006 Allison was listed with the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). On February 28, 2007 Allison received a liver transplant. She received a split liver. The liver of an 18 year old boy was donated to a young woman named Maggie Catherwood. The doctors at Georgetown asked Maggie if she would be willing to donate part of the liver to Allison. She immediately said yes and the bond between them began. Today, Allison and Maggie are living proof in the miracle of organ donation. Please take the time to sign up to become an organ donor. You can be someone's hero. We have two!Thank you to everyone for your love and support during this trying time in our lives. We love you all!

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Terri Brown posted a new journal entry.

Four years ago today our Allison received the gift of Life!  We thank her donor angel, Robby, his family and Allison's liver sister, Maggie.  Everyday we hear news of ... Read more

ALLEN BOZARTH signed Allison's Guestbook.

My family, my church family and your DC compatriots continue to pray and cheer for you guys.  Brian, I hope this finds you and your family well. Drop a line when you have ... Read more

Jenna Fowler signed Allison's Guestbook.

Hi Allison My name is Jenna and I came across your site.  U are a brave courageous, strong and determined fighter.  U are a beautiful precious gift, and a special ... Read more

Traci Corn signed Allison's Guestbook.

Happy Anniversary Allison!  We were so blessed to have your angels come to your rescue 4 years ago today.  Your loving personality and strength shines through in all ... Read more

Billye Westin-Flores signed Allison's Guestbook.

Way to go, Allie!!  It's so nice to see you as a vibrant young lady and see your participation in church activities.  You are gifted with an awesome singing voice, and I ... Read more

Georgina Partin signed Allison's Guestbook.

When we share Allison's story, we always remember Magie, both of them are amaizing and we also feel thankful to find people who care and love without knowing. Read more

Linda Brazel signed Allison's Guestbook.

And we have all been blessed beyond messure!!! Happy LIVER Birthday Allison and Maggie. Wonderful to see Allison so happy, healthy and full of life today! Linda Read more

Terri Brown posted a new journal entry.

Four years ago today our Allison received the gift of Life!  We thank her donor angel, Robby, his family and Allison's liver sister, Maggie.  Everyday we hear news of ... Read more

Barbara Roberson signed Allison's Guestbook.

That is great news!  I'm so happy for all of you, especially Allison!  I'm sure she's overjoyed to be back home. Read more

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