About Christian

 

With the cost of a transplant often exceeding $500,000, many transplant families are unable to shoulder the financial burden of such a procedure.  The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses.  In the Tri-Cities, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local infant, Christian Pontious. 

Christian, son of Adam & Niki Pontious was born on June 25, 2016 along with his twin sister Brilee. The twins were born 5 weeks early. While Brilee was able to go home with her parents, Chrisitan had to stay behind in the NICU for 14 days. Everyone was so excited when Christian finally got to come home to his family which also includes his 8 year old big sister, Kierston. At around 9 weeks of age Christian's parents noticed that his skin was jaundice. After many doctors appointments/scans/labs, Christian was diagnosed with a rare liver disease, Bilary Atresia. The bile duct from his liver to the gallbladder did not form. He had surgery the following week to attach the gallbladder to the liver to create a conduit for the bile to flow from the liver. After more tests and labs it was determined that the bile ducts that flow through the liver were also not working properly. At this time a liver transplant is needed.

Christian has been a fighter since day one! He has been through so much during these short few months of his life but continues to keep that bright smile on his face.

He has an amazing team of doctors at UVA that partner with surgeons from The Children's Hospital of Pittsburg.

Volunteers in the tri-cities area are coming together to help raise an estimated $50,000.

 Be sure to follow Christan's journey on Facebook.