Topic: Health

'Beware Yellow' aimed to raise liver disease awareness

By Heeni Brown

Every month, a NZ baby is born with liver disease.

'Beware Yellow' has been incorporated into Rare Disease Day in an attempt to make more families with new-born babies aware of the types of rare diseases much like severe liver disease.

Sadly, one-year-old Mere-Takutai Pomana has been diagnosed with Biliary Atresia liver disease having had two liver transplants. 

Her parents Tessa Thornton and John Pomana begin Mere’s long road to recovery.

Dr Helen Evans says, Biliary Atresia is a liver disease more common in Māori and Pacific Island families.

In the last five years, about 20 cases that they've seen are of Polynesian descent.

Dr Evans will continue her research into the rare disease.