Cal volleyball freshman Savannah Rennie has had successful liver transplant surgery, according to her mother, Renee.
“All the vessels are flowing and she did great!” Renee Rennie posted early Tuesday morning to her gofundme.com page. “We will see her in about an hour.”
As of three hours ago -- two hours post-surgery -- her future Cal teammate and former U.S. youth national team teammate Maddie Haynes said that Rennie was "becoming more responsive," and that the "doctors said she was a stud."
Rennie and her mother have been living in Indianapolis since March 7, to be close to the Indiana University Transplant department.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1670403-savannah-rennie-to... Rennie -- a third-team Under Armour All-American who graduated early from high school at San Diego (Calif.) Torrey Pines to enroll at Cal -- suffers from congenital hepatic fibrosis with portal hypertension, a congenital disease that normally presents in infants and the elderly.
On June 13, 2015, Rennie -- a member of the U.S. youth national team, and a top-20 player according to PrepVolleyball.com -- was hospitalized with an enlarged liver and spleen. She 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 finally diagnosed on Sept. 17.
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.
As of 10:58 a.m., Tuesday, Rennie's GoFundMe page, used to cover the family's medical and travel expenses, as well as the stay in Indianapolis, was at $103,339 -- more than $3,000 past the original fundraising target.