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FROM THE FRONT
Stay strong: Gore baby Elliott Gulliver is at Auckland's Starship children's hospital, after being diagnosed with a rare liver
What is it: About one in 10,000
babies are affected by BA in
New Zealand. The cause is
BA is when the bile cannot
drain, and it builds up and
poisons the liver. The cause of
BA is unknown and there is no
cure at present.
Treatment requires a surgical
operation early on to prevent
liver damage, though the
operation is not always
If the liver is badly damaged, a
liver transplant may be the only
Who: Gore baby girl Elliott
What: The 8-month-old has a
rare, life-threatening liver
disease and is in Starship
Online auction: An auction
organised by two local women
raised $7000 for the family.
Want to donate: ASB Bank in
Gore have opened a special
account for Elliott and the
Gulliver family, from Gore.
Liver transplant likely
Hospital dash: Elliott Gulliver travels
by air ambulance to Starship.
There were tears, and plenty of
them, for the overwhelmed
organisers of a hugely success-
ful fundraising auction for the
family of a sick Gore baby girl.
Zoe Black and Steph Reid's
weekend online auction for
Gore baby Elliott Gulliver, who
suffers from a rare and life-
threatening liver disease, ended
on Sunday night, with $7115
The money will go to the family
of 8-month-old Elliott, who had
to be transferred to Starship
hospital, in Auckland, recently
after a sudden deterioration in
Elliott was diagnosed at 5-weeks
with biliary atresia, a disease
that affects the tubes that carry
bile from the liver to the gut.
Elliott is now on a waiting list
for a liver transplant according
to Miss Black.
The fundraiser is thrilled the
auction was so successful and
will help relieve some financial
strain on the family.
''I'm just so surprised,'' Miss
''Steph and I have actually been
in tears about how much was
raised in the auction.
''Our goal when we started it
was maybe to make a couple of
grand. But this is amazing.''
And Elliott's family have also
been stunned by the generosity,
''Actually, we're all just a little
speechless,'' Miss Black said.
''The Gulliver family is just
really well liked in Gore, so
that's why people wanted to help
''And we've also got a really
caring community here, too.''
And more proceeds will soon be
heading the way of the Gulliver
family because Miss Black is
also running a raffle for a prize
from Gore's high-class catering
firm Vanilla Pod Cafe.
''They're going to cater for a
dinner party for 10, so it's a
really good prize.
''We're raffling it off at $20 a
ticket and we've already sold
about 50 tickets. By the time
that's finished and drawn we
would probably have raised
close to $8000 or $9000, which is
But every cent will be needed by
the Gullivers, according to Miss
''When Elliott has the liver
transplant, Rebekah [Gulliver,
her mother] will also have to
take four months off.
''So that's four months off work
and four months with no income
for the family.
''And for the rest of Elliott's life
she will have to have regular
trips to Auckland as well.''
A special bank account for
people to make donations into
has been set up for the
Gulliver family at ASB Bank in
Miss Black is just pleased to
have helped out a family she
only partially knew.
Miss Black has a daughter the
same age as Elliott and was in
the hospital at the same time as
the Gulliver family. Both used
the same midwife.
''It could just as easily have been
me and my daughter,''
Miss Black said.
''I had some spare time on my
hands so I just wanted to help
out in some way.''
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