Little girl has rare multi-organ transplant

Kyree Beachem, 8, underwent 10-hour transplant surgery in Pittsburgh

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  • 8-year-old Kyree Beachem received a triple transplant in Pittsburgh
  • "That type of transplant is very rare," says head of organ transplant group

(CNN)While most girls her age were peacefully asleep, 8-year-old Kyree Beachem was wheeled early Wednesday into an operating room for a triple transplant that lasted more than 12 hours.

"She had Hirschsprung's disease from birth," says Kyree's mother, Nan Beachem.
Hirschsprung's disease occurs in newborns when nerves cells are missing in the muscle of the colon. Consequently, Hirschsprung affects the large intestines.
    This is not Kyree's first transplant. In January 2010, the Pennsylvania youth received an isolated small bowel transplant; however, 10 days later her body rejected it.
    "Three months later, she was relisted for small bowel transplant but as time went on, and her liver had increased damage, she then needed multiple organ transplant," explains Beachem.
    With Kyree's worsening condition, a donor was found and Kyree was quickly taken into surgery early Wednesday morning. She has waited for a donor for five years.