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"Once we started working with COTA, I instantly felt my first sense of hope. COTA was the initial sign that things were going to be OK." Read More

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Liver Transplant Recipient

Hope for the Holidays – Savannah Anselmo



Ana and Robert Anselmo never will forget the day when their four-month-old baby was diagnosed with biliary atresia, a deadly disease that attacks the liver. Savannah’s only chance at survival was a liver transplant. Both Robert and Ana were ruled out as living donors so the stressful process of waiting for a viable liver began. Shortly after Savannah’s first birthday, the Anselmos received ‘the call’ and their Warrior Princess received her new liver and her second chance at life as you see her in this photo from 2007.


2015 Year End Savannah Anselmo infant after transplant

“Looking back, I truly don’t know what we would have done without all of the amazing people at COTA. We sold everything. I volunteered at our church food bank every week as not to feel too guilty for accepting food from them. Sometimes I wonder how we lived through it. We lost it all financially and ended up moving in with my mother while we started over after Savannah was transplanted. It was so hard. It is still hard, but knowing the COTA team was in our corner is what truly pushed us through.”


-Savannah’s Mom, Ana


A few days ago, Savannah celebrated her 9th birthday with lots of fanfare and fun. She is now ready for this year’s visit from Santa. Ana and Robert have had their hope restored, thanks to the generosity of people like you.


Please consider helping transplant families by making a hope-restoring gift to COTA today.