Family of Kenzy Oliver thank community for their support

Kenzy Oliver will his parents Nicky and Michelle when they arrived at hospital
Kenzy Oliver will his parents Nicky and Michelle when they arrived at hospital

The family of an Arbroath boy who was rushed to hospital at the weekend to have a liver transplant have thanked the community for the volume of support they have received.

Seven-year-old Kenzy Oliver was born with a rare liver condition and was placed as a high priority on the liver transplant list in September.

Kenzy with his dad Nicky by his side

Kenzy with his dad Nicky by his side

On Friday, his parents Michelle and Nicky got the long-awaited call to say a matching liver had been found and they were rushed down to King’s College Hospital in London by air ambulance for the transplant operation.

Kenzy had the life-changing surgery in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The family have since received heartfelt messages on Facebook, as well as a number of people sending cards to Kenzy while he is in hospital

When he was placed on the transplant list his school, Warddykes Primary, and the Angus community raised money towards travel expenses for him and his family.

His dad Nicky said: “Thank you to everyone who has supported us, whether that has been with a donation, message or card.

“It’s helped while we have been down here.”

Kenzy is currently being kept sedated and is on a ventilator to help with his breathing.

Nicky added: “He’ll be able to see the messages and cards when he wakes up.

“Hopefully they will help him recover and get home quicker.”

He is in the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and hopefully will soon be moved to Rays of Sunshine ward, which specialises in treating children with liver conditions.

Kenzy has biliary atresia, which is when inflammation develops within the bile ducts around the time of birth.

The inflammation can occur in any of the bile ducts both inside and outside the liver and this leads to bile duct damage, reducing the flow of bile, which causes scarring of the liver.

Earlier in the year, a breathing problem was brought on by his condition and as a result Kenzy had to go on oxygen 24 hours a day and was placed as a high priority on the liver transplant list.

To keep up to date with how Kenzy is recovering his family have set up a Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Kenzyoliver/