Doctors hail first childbirth to liver transplant patient in Hawaii

Mother, baby doing well after natural birth at Queen’s Medical Center

Published  3:58 PM HST Aug 24, 2012
HONOLULU -

History was made in Hawaii after a liver transplant patient gave birth to a healthy baby girl.

She is all of a week old.  At 7-pounds-6-ounces and 20-inches-long, Alexandria Chee is a bit of a miracle baby in her parents’ eyes.  Their doctor said, across the country, there are only about 25 births a year to liver transplant patients.

Sarah Chee is the first patient to have both her organ transplant and birth of her child in Hawaii.  The transplant took place three years ago at the now defunct Hawaii Medical Center.

"I wouldn't be here it wasn't for organ donation.  I wouldn't be sitting here to have this opportunity," said Chee.

The Chees, who have another 17-year-old daughter, were anxious to expand their family and when they got the go-ahead from their doctor they opted for fertility treatments.

"We didn't want to wait because we are both older so we opted for that route," Chee said.

And while there was some stress as they worried about what the auto immune medicines might do to the baby, all was well with a normal pregnancy and delivery.

"It was great. It was great. They did a lot of monitoring for the baby and Sarah all the way through. It was good," said proud father Marc Chee.

"It is a higher-risk pregnancy. They are more likely to get high blood pressure and more of a chance to have a miscarriage for some reason, more likely to have low birth weight, but actually liver transplants actually do rather well," said Dr. Linda Wong

Now that Alexandria is a week old, are the Chees looking forward to maybe trying for another baby?

"I would, I was already telling him, so she has a sibling closer to her age, you know, " Chee laughed.

One transplant gift, two lives, and a whole new world ahead for the Chee family.

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