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RDR Sports Report-New Orleans Saints Sign Rare Disease Superfan

OCTOBER 18, 2016
Andrew Black
Jarrius Robertson is the newest teammate for the New Orleans Saints and got to sign his contract in front of America.  
The New Orleans Saints signed their number 1 fan, Jarrius to a one-week contract as their hype man for their game in Kansas City on the morning TV show “Good Morning America” while infront of head coach Sean Payton and starting quarterback Drew Brees through video chat (see below). He was so excited, he even showed off his dance moves to celebrate.
Jarrius is currently fighting a rare liver disease called 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, but that won’t stop him from making the trip to Kansas City to rally his team.

A part of the team

This isn’t the first interaction Jarrius has had with the Saints. Back in 2015, the New Orleans Saints invited him to practice after a video of players visiting him in the hospital went viral (see below).
While giving them good advice last year before their game, Jarrius earned himself a roster spot on the team in 2016.

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.

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