Every day at St. Luke’s Children’s, highly trained and experienced pediatric specialists from a variety of fields work together to coordinate the care of our young patients – kids like Karly, who was born with a genetic condition called citrullinemia type 1. She’s missing an enzyme vital to processing protein in her liver.
Karly has been monitored and treated by several specialists, including Dr. Cary Harding — a physician who specializes in metabolic diseases and regularly travels to St. Luke’s from Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland. Karly’s care team also includes a gastroenterologist, a genetic counselor, a dietitian, nurses, and others who have helped her stay as healthy as possible since she was an infant.
Karly’s liver began to fail when she was 4, and her treatment was no longer enough. She underwent a liver transplant at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City. Her team at St. Luke’s Children's worked with the transplant team to coordinate her care and has provided her follow-up care ever since. The transplant saved Karly’s life — and changed it completely. The girl who was once too tired to walk is now a bundle of energy who easily keeps up with her three big brothers.
The coordination of care provided by the team at St. Luke’s helps children like Karly and their parents save time and expense, and minimize inconvenience, so kids have time to do what they do best — just be kids.