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Baby Dies Three Days After Transplant

October 14, 1986

BOSTON (AP) _ An infant who received a new liver after his parents got words of encouragement from President Reagan died Tuesday, three days after the transplant.

Philip Jodoin, an 11-month-old from Clinton, died of liver failure at 12:12 p.m. despite the successful operation Saturday at Children’s Hospital, said hospital spokeswoman Sandy Judd.

″He had been sick for weeks,″ Judd said. She said the baby was admitted to the hospital Sept. 10 in urgent need of a liver transplant.

Six doctors transplanted a liver flown in from Georgia Saturday morning. The infant required several blood tranfusions and was listed in critical condition in intensive care following the surgery.

The parents, Philip and Kelly Jodoin, were encouraged by President Reagan during their search for a liver.

″Although these are difficult times, keep your faith strong and your hopes high,″ the president wrote the Jodoins. ″Americans are a generous people and will give the gift of life once they are aware of the needs of others such as Philip.″

The infant was suffering from biliary atresia, a liver disease that can be fatal without a transplant.

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