Seven years ago, a battle with biliary atresia led Katherine Haenlein to receive a liver transplant at Cincinnati Children’s. Now, she’s an active high school athlete.

Katherine, a sophomore at South Mecklenburg H.S. in suburban Charlotte, N.C., was recently named “Girls Athlete of the Week” by a local newspaper there. On April 3, Katherine scored six goals to lead her lacrosse team to its first victory of the season.

Her fan club in Cincinnati couldn’t be more proud.

“Katherine is a perfect example of why we do what we do here at Cincinnati Children’s,” says Rebecca Rengering, RN, BSN, Care Manager of our Liver Transplant Center. “She is a great example of how transplant can give children with end-stage liver disease a new lease on life.”