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Alberta doctors complete liver transplant on Yukon baby

A Yukon father and son are recovering at the Stollery Childrens' hospital in Edmonton after a rare procedure.

Piece of father's liver transplanted into 6-month-old Emmett Smith

A photo posted on Facebook by Charlotte Francis shows Emmett Smith before a a liver transplant. (Charlotte Francis)

Six-month-old Emmett Smith and his father Michael are recovering in Edmonton's Stollery Children's Hospital after liver transplant surgery.  

Emmett Smith has a rare form of liver cancer. His father Michael Smith was recently identified as a compatible donor and agreed to have part of his liver transplanted.

Mother Charlotte Francis says she can now breathe a sigh of relief. 

"This morning I am feeling relieved and a little less stressed. The boy's surgery went well," she said.

Emmett has been undergoing chemotherapy related to liver cancer since January.

According to the Canadian Liver Foundation, about 400 liver transplants are accomplished across Canada every year. The foundation says 48 liver transplants were completed on infants in Canada last year.

Yukoners and people across Canada have been following Emmett's progress online. A Facebook group called "Baby Emmett Smith" has more than 280 members.

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