AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The Maldonado family is waiting for a liver transplant to save their 8-month-old son's life.
Damian Maldonado was born with Biliary Atresia, a rare liver disease where bile can't flow through the body so it becomes trapped and damages the liver. It affects 1 in about 18,000 babies.
Doctors performed the Kasai procedure in August hoping the procedure would stick and Damian would not need a transplant. Except, the procedure was unsuccessful.
In October 2015 the family was referred to the Children's Hospital Colorado where they learned Damian would be needing a liver transplant.
He has been on a waiting list since December and doctors believe he should receive the transplant within the next four to six weeks.
Despite his disease Damian's mother, Cindia Maldonado, said he's a happy baby.
"It doesn't seem to affect him in anyway, he's happy," Maldonado said. " He doesn't seem to come off as a sick baby. Nobody knows he's sick unless they ask because of his tube."
Cindia has been with Damian everyday since we was diagnosed.
"I do not leave his sight, at all," Cindia said. "I feel safe being with him all the time. Doesn't matter if it's just a checkup, a weigh in, or blood work, I would rather just be there to know exactly what's going on."
Since December, Damian has been on a waiting list to receive a transplant and doctors believe the procedure should happen within the next four to six weeks.
The transplant is estimated to cost over $500,000. Even though most of it will be covered by insurance the family is raising $50,000 through the Children's Organ Transplant Association, to cover the rest of the procedure and traveling expenses.
Many residents in Dumas and throughout the Panhandle have chipped in to help, and the family is extremely grateful for all of the help and support they've
"We're very thankful, and the community, we thank them once again for their prayers." said Damian's father Roland Maldonado. "Keep on saying them, you can't have too many of those."
Even though the family is excited about the transplant, they said these last eight months haven't been easy.
"It's not easy, at all," said Cindia. "It's really really hard. Don't lose faith. Pray. We appreciate all the prayers people have been saying for us."
To donate online visit Damian's page on COTA's website.