Cincinnati Children's Blog

Liver Dialysis Saves Two-Year-Old’s Life

Gabriel Beres was born with a genetic defect that damaged his liver. After his liver began to fail, problems with other major body organs worsened. That’s when Cincinnati Children’s doctors decided the next viable option for Gabriel would be to use the hospital’s liver dialysis machine until an organ donor could be found. Cincinnati Children’s is one of only three hospitals in the U.S. that offers a liver dialysis treatment with a specialization in pediatrics.

After five days of treatment, Gabriel was doing better. He eventually received a liver transplant, something that may not have been possible without liver dialysis. As for the future of liver dialysis, Dr. Stuart Goldstein, kidney specialist and director of the Center for Acute Care Nephrology at Cincinnati Children’s, expects to see it used more and more in the future.

Read more about the treatment and Gabriel’s progress at

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