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Ticvah Matumona, 3, got a liver transplant earlier this month at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

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Ticvah Matumona, 3, got a liver transplant earlier this month at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The Nebraska Medical Center had turned her down for a transplant 2½ years ago when she had come with her family seeking help.

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Dr. David Finken examines Ticvah Matumona, then 4 months, in 2017. Nebraska Medicine denied her transplant but provided other lifesaving care.

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Ticvah Matumona, 4 months, holds tight to the fingers of her mother, Paulette Awetimbi, during an appointment at Children's Physicians, UNMC Office, in 2017.

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