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Six-year-old needs liver transplant

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Monday, March 16, 2009

GAS CITY — A six-year-old girl who raised money for her community now needs help in getting through a liver disease.

Makinzie Davis was named Miss Fourth of July in Gas City by raising $350 for the city. Two months later, the young girl was diagnosed with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency.

Makinzie’s mother Katie Davis said the disease prevents blood from filtering through the girl’s liver. Her liver is clogged and 50 percent damaged. Her spleen also is swollen. She cannot ride a bicycle or take dance lessons, for fear of injuring her liver or spleen, her mother said.

Though the disease is genetic and Makinzie was born with it, the family didn’t find out about it until September. The little girl began vomiting blood. She was taken to the hospital, and later transferred to Riley Hospital for Children because of her swollen organs. After many tests, the deficiency disorder was diagnosed.

“It was hard,” Katie Davis said. “I was OK when we finally figured out what it was.”

Though Makinzie goes to kindergarten, she has circles under her eyes, is tired a lot and has stomach aches sometimes. Davis said she will deteriorate unless she receives a new liver.

Davis said she doesn’t know when her daughter will get a liver. She’s been on a waiting list since October, and she’s the only child on the list with B-positive blood, a rare type, Davis said. The single mother said it’s sad knowing another child has to die for her daughter to get a new liver — Makinzie could get a liver from an adult or a living donor, but only as a last resort.

Davis asked for her hours to be cut at her work so she could be with the daughter. She works as a waitress at Pizza Hut and also is a full-time student. The mother has another daughter, Vanessa, who is 10.

“It’s been hard because I can only work two days at Pizza Hut,” she said. “I’m not going to do anything until she gets her transplant because I’m not going to miss out on any time with her.”

Balancing work, school and her two children is difficult, especially with little money.

“It is so much,” Davis said. “I almost didn’t take any classes this spring. Sometimes it’s hard to concentrate.”

Davis’ boyfriend Eric Tracy said life has been stressful since Makinzie was diagnosed. He was worried about how Katie would handle the news of her daughter being sick.

Linda Bishop, Davis’ mother, said she worried about Katie because she has a seizure disorder. The mother said she’s afraid too much stress will cause Davis to have a seizure, though she hasn’t had one in five years.

“She’s been very, very emotionally stressed,” Bishop said. “It scares me.”

She said it was devastating when her granddaughter was diagnosed, especially when the family found out the little girl has a rare blood type.

Bishop describes Makinzie as a very happy, bubbly and lovable girl.

“I call her my little cuddle bug,” she said.

To donate money, have a fundraiser or send a prayer for Makinzie Davis, call Katie Davis at 243-6548 or e-mail her at

Author: By Mishele Wright
Source: Chronicle-Tribune
1.6 from 5 votes
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