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Boy, 12, who was on the brink of death from liver failure is now thriving after undergoing THREE life-saving transplants as a toddler

A 12-year-old boy who nearly died from liver failure is now thriving after undergoing three life-saving organ transplants as a toddler.

Theo Bowens, from Guiseley, Yorkshire, was struck by a mysterious virus which caused acute liver failure when he was just 13 months old.

The ‘miracle baby’ was just hours from death before he was given his first donor organ – five days after he was diagnosed. It failed almost immediately.

A second transplant was then carried out on the critically ill toddler 48 hours later, which lasted for nearly two years before packing up.

Doctors were able to give Theo, whose development has been severely impaired, a third donor organ in October 2008.   

But, now aged 12, Theo enjoys cycling and swimming and has competed in events at the British Transplant Games every year since 2009.

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