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Sunday, June 01, 2008

On Sunday we told you about 3-month-old Sidney Markie. She has a rare genetic disorder called microvillus inclusion disease. It prevents her from absorbing any nutrients or liquids through her small intestines.

Sidney is in need of an intestinal transplant, a surgery that`s only done in Miami.

Since the story aired Sidney`s parents have gotten a lot of phone calls and e-mails offering to help.

They`re hoping to start a fund soon but in the meantime they`re busy trying to cut through the red tape to get Sidney`s surgery now.

"It`s heartbreaking especially since I try to care for her during the day and making these phone calls these people can hear this baby screaming. Unfortunately, I can`t make phone calls and give her my undivided attention at the same time," said Sidney`s mother Courtney Murray.

Minnesota`s attorney general is helping Sidney`s parents and Northwest Airlines has offered to donate air travel for the surgery.

Sidney`s parents originally thought insurance wouldn`t cover out-of-state surgery. Their provider, Blue Cross, said it`s still getting information and will make a decision soon.

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Source: WCCO
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