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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - April 15, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba C M Y K PAGE B3 winnipegfreepress. com CITY WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2015 B 3 COCKTAIL RECEPTION N C E R C A R E M A N I T O B A F O U N D A T I N C T I O C A N T I O N ENTERTAINMENT BY John Wing ( Comedian) TICKETS cancercarefdn. mb. ca OR 204- 927- 5430 GRAND BALLROOM W E D N E S D A Y A p r i l 2 2 2 0 1 5 The Paul Albrechtsen Foundation 5- 8PM DOORS OPEN 5: 00, PROGRAM 6: 00- 8: 00 JETS GAME STARTS AT 8: 30 – GO JETS! S P E C I A L R A F F L E Chance to WIN 2 - year lease of a 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk N E W E A R L I E R T I M E AND GET A FREE CHOICE OF AIR CONDITIONER, WATER TANK or HRV On selected Carrier furnaces. 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Jiwa said mediation would begin within a few weeks, if both parties are willing to give it a try. He could not say how soon a public hearing could take place if mediation fails. The rights commission normally does not comment on issues until they have reached a hearing, but the family of Bella, now nine, has discussed it publicly. The family has moved to Nanaimo but is continuing with its complaint against the River East Transcona School Division. Bella and her family have been at the centre of a dispute over her transgender identity at her former Transcona elementary school. On the other side is a parent who yelled at the child and her older brother and lobbied other parents outside the school, the Burgos family has told media. At first, the issue was which bathroom Bella should use. She had been using the girls washroom, but after the complaint from the parent — the mother of one of Bella’s classmates — she was told to use another washroom, a gender- neutral single toilet separate from the girls room. The matter escalated beyond bathrooms to the broader issue of transgender identity, and the Burgos family took the issue to the commission for resolution. The River East Transcona School Division tried to find a way to accommodate both sides, while Bella’s story drew attention from local media and social media around the world. The family has received emails of support from as far away as Japan and the Netherlands. A LLEXIS Siebrecht has to wait for another liver donor. Her family got the news Tuesday a Winnipeg woman, Samantha Lussier, who flew to Toronto for tests, isn’t a match after all. That means a postponement of a liver transplant tentatively set for Friday for the 11- yearold with end- stage liver disease. Liz Siebrecht said she and her daughter are hopeful another match will be found. She said the support Samantha and her mother, Tina Lussier, have offered made all the difference to the family. “ Tina and Sam are an inspiration for us and we’re so thankful, so grateful for them. They’ve been so supportive,” Siebrecht said. “ For me and Allexis, we’re still keeping positive. The search continues.” Bianca Pengelly, the provincial co- ordinator for the Canadian Liver Foundation in Manitoba, said a positive attitude is the best way for the Siebrechts to cope. “ The best thing they can do now is wait. I know it sounds horrible, and I know this is going to be so hard for them, and for Sam... She wanted to be able to give this gift to Allexis,” said Pengelly, who has become a friend to both families. Allexis suffers from biliary atresia, a rare and sometimes fatal condition in which the openings to the bile ducts in the liver are absent or too narrow to work. Patients must undergo surgery in Toronto or London, Ont. Living donors are easier to find. The wait for an organ from a dead donor is six to eight months in Canada, and thousands wait on liver registries. It takes six to eight weeks for a living donor’s liver to grow back to normal size. Tina Lussier posted the results of tests early Tuesday. “ Today we got very disappointing news. After many needles, X- rays, exams and scans, Samantha got the news that her liver is not a match for Allexis after all,” she said on Facebook. Lussier, a social- media consultant and a member of the liver foundation board, has been posting updates via Twitter and Facebook since the initial tests in Winnipeg a week ago showed promise that her daughter, 24, was a possible match. “ Thank you to everyone for stepping up to try to help save Allexis by donating to the campaign to get Samantha to Toronto for the final stage of testing. We will be home tomorrow. Our campaign is now shut down and, as promised, we will be donating all the money left to Liz Siebrecht and Allexis.” The Lussiers had crowdsourced for funding to cover a month- long stay in Toronto, which would have been necessary had Samantha been given the go- ahead to be an organ donor. Mother and daughter flew to Toronto last weekend. Siebrecht’s mother turned to social media months ago with an appeal for a living donor and funds to finance an extended stay in Toronto once an organ donor is found. The campaign got traction about a month ago amid news reports about the girl. Samantha, 24, was the first potential donor to come forward; 48 others filed paperwork as possible donors after she did. Pengelly said two more potential donors called the liver foundation Tuesday after the reports that Samantha wasn’t a match. “ Fingers crossed.” alexandra. paul@ freepress. mb. ca ‘ Tina and Sam are an inspiration for us and we’re so thankful, so grateful for them. They’ve been so supportive. For me and Allexis, we’re still keeping positive. The search continues’ — Liz Siebrecht, mother of Allexis Siebrecht Would- be liver donor ineligible Ill girl’s transplant on hold; city woman not a match By Alexandra Paul PHIL HOSSACK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES Allexis Siebrecht, 11, has end- stage biliary atresia, in which bile ducts don’t function. TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES Bella Burgos: mediation may be next step Evidence school was unfair: panel B_ 03_ Apr- 15- 15_ FP_ 01. indd B3 4/ 14/ 15 7: 21: 05 PM

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