Durban - Seven-year-old Amile of Woodlands in Durban loves colouring and reading. She is also in desperate need of a new liver.
Her single mother, Phiwo Hlongwane, said her Grade 2 daughter, who is clearly the sunshine of her life, was first diagnosed with liver disease when she was only three years old.
“In hindsight there were other signs, but at the time she had developed a bit of a rash, so I took her to a paediatrician. Initially, there was a cyst on her liver and I think that is where the damage started,” said Hlongwane.
Amile has remained under the constant care of a specialist at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital, but the little girl has now been diagnosed with cirrhosis and requires a transplant urgently.
While Amile suffers from digestive problems and constant itching, she remains active.