According to a blog post by her mother, Cal volleyball freshman Savannah Rennie will soon receive her new liver. Rennie -- who played baseball in her youth -- and her family found out about the new liver while attending the California baseball team's series finale against Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., alongside Golden Bear outside hitter Maddie Haynes.
"Honestly, I am so ready," Rennie told BearTerritory before she headed to the hospital. "Ready for my life back and ready to play the sport I love again. I can't wait to be back wearing blue and gold playing for the University of California."
Rennie and her mother have been living in Indianapolis since March 7, to be close to the Indiana University Transplant department.
On June 13, 2015, Rennie was hospitalized with an enlarged liver and spleen. The Under Armour third-team All-American had graduated high school a semester early to enroll at Cal last spring, and was with the Bears for practice, before being falling ill.
After numerous liver biopsies and other tests, and multiple hospitalizations from June to September, she was diagnosed with congenital hepatic fibrosis with portal hypertension, a congenital disease, and one that normally presents in infants and the elderly.
Following failed attempts to manage the disease with medication, and being hospitalized with cholangitis and sepsis, Rennie needed a new liver. That day is now here. Once she gets her new liver, she will need to stay in Indianapolis for three months for follow-up, but once that hurdle is crossed, she'll be able to return to Cal and play for Rich Feller as the first woman in the country to play Division I volleyball as a liver transplant recipient.