The next day, Jarrius received a flight upgrade on his return trip to New Orleans
Jarrius is still currently fighting biliary atresia, which caused him to undergo 13 surgeries over the course of his life. He is also currently on the waiting list for a liver transplant.
About biliary atresia
Biliary atresia is a life-threatening condition in infants in which the bile ducts inside or outside the liver do not have normal openings.
With biliary atresia, bile becomes trapped, builds up, and damages the liver. The damage leads to scarring, loss of liver tissue, and cirrhosis. Cirrhosis is a chronic, or long lasting, liver condition caused by scar tissue and cell damage that makes it hard for the liver to remove toxins from the blood. These toxins build up in the blood and the liver slowly deteriorates and malfunctions. Without treatment, the liver eventually fails and the infant needs a liver transplant to stay alive.