Area girl thanks St. V's for gift of life

Allison Herr was born with biliary artesia.

11/19/2013
BLADE STAFF
Allison Herr, 10, of Metamora, Ohio, hugs nurse Debbie Martin in the neonatal intensive care unit at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center as Donna Ruedisueli, director of women's and children's services, looks on.
Allison Herr, 10, of Metamora, Ohio, hugs nurse Debbie Martin in the neonatal intensive care unit at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center as Donna Ruedisueli, director of women's and children's services, looks on.

Allison Herr, 10, of Metamora, talks with nurse Jean Jeskey, left, in the Pediatric ICU at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center.
Allison Herr, 10, of Metamora, talks with nurse Jean Jeskey, left, in the Pediatric ICU at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center.

Allison Herr visited St. Vincent Medical Center Tuesday to thank staff for her care there eight years ago. Allison was born there with biliary atresia, and her health rapidly declined her first two years. She eventually received a liver transplant in Cincinnati in 2006.

Allison Herr, 10, of Metamora, looks at a baby in the neonatal intensive care unit at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center with nurse Cheryl Thacker, left, and her mother, Jenny Herr.
Allison Herr, 10, of Metamora, looks at a baby in the neonatal intensive care unit at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center with nurse Cheryl Thacker, left, and her mother, Jenny Herr.