Thursday, June 28, 2012

Atlanta Dream Gives the VIP Treatment to a CHOA Liver Transplant Teen

Children's healthcare of Atlanta is notorious for going above and beyond for their patients. This time it was Olivia King's turn to shine and we were invited to watch the event unfold.

After essentially spending her childhood in hospital rooms at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, Olivia King finally got her chance to celebrate her birthday in good health – and in VIP fashion. Olivia celebrated her sweet 16 on Monday, June 25, just one day before she got to be honored at the Atlanta Dream Kids Day game against the Indiana Fever. Olivia’s journey has been anything but easy. When she was three years old, she experienced complete liver failure. Olivia was airlifted from Nashville to Children’s at Egleston where doctors determined she would need a liver transplant. In November 2000, she received a split liver transplant and doctors discovered she was also suffering from cystic fibrosis. The disease had attacked her digestive system, further complicating her health.

In July 2010, Olivia needed another liver transplant. This time she received a whole liver, which has changed her life completely. Barbara King, Olivia’s mother, says over the past year Olivia is finally “living real life like other kids.”

Olivia and her family sat in VIP seats for Tuesday's game. They met the team owners, and Olivia was presented with a basketball autographed by members of the Dream. Olivia also had the opportunity to meet the players after the game during an exclusive autograph session.

Olivia’s passion is acting, and she recently started working with a casting agent. She hopes to be working on films very soon. 

The Bluebird patch is extremely proud of Olivia accomplishments and wishes her a life full of happiness and shiny blessings. 

Happy Birthday Olivia. The best years are yet to come!! 

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