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The parents of a toddler who survived a life-threatening liver transplant are terrified his four-year-old brother may also face the ordeal after discovering he has the same rare genetic disorder

The parents of a toddler who survived a life-threatening liver transplant are terrified his four-year-old brother may face the same ordeal.

Laura and Liam Keenan, both 29, from Leeds, watched their 14-month-old son Harry battle through a liver-transplant operation in late August after being diagnosed with a rare disorder, known as inherited Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, which affects just one in up to 4,000 people.

Although the procedure was successful, Harry’s four-year-old brother Max is showing the same symptoms, including bulging veins, which is a sign of poor liver function. 

Doctors have warned Max’s parents he may need his own liver transplant in the future.

Ms Keenan, a primary school teacher, said: ‘It’s definitely a possibility that Max will need a transplant. It is terrifying because it will affect them for the rest of their lives. With a liver transplant they will be immune suppressed and have to take drugs for ever.’

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