A very rare medical problem is impacting a young boy from Sterling.
Andrew Kreger, 12, is like any child his age but he is also a seventh grader with a different challenge.
His liver is failing.
"Right now, he has portal hypertension which is the portal vein - there's so much pressure in there that it could cause internal bleeding,” said Andrew’s mother Laura Kreger.
She said Andrew was diagnosed with biliary atresia right after he was born.
It happens when the bile ducts inside or outside the liver abnormally develop, leading to various health problems.
He is now waiting for a liver transplant.
"We're on the list. The scale ranges from 6 to 40, 40 being 'you really need a liver' and he's 28 right now.” Kreger said.
Mary Calorio, of the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA), has been raising money for Andrew’s family.
She said $50,000 is needed to cover costs that aren’t covered by insurance.
"Transportation expenses, hotel, living expenses while they are at or near the hospitals of the transplants,” Calorio said.
Fundraisers being held next month include:
Sterling Family Day on September 12th from 11 a.m. to dark.
Yard sale at 12 Daggett St. on Saturday Sept. 19 during the Moosup Neighborhood Yard Sale
Spaghetti Dinner at the Ekonk Hill Grange on Saturday Sept. 26.
There are two seatings, 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. $10 per ticket.
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