Amazing Kids, Amazing Stories: Ali's Story

Pediatric Transplant

Amazing Kids, Amazing Stories: Ali's Story

When Ali Wandschneider was 3 years old, her mother, Lori, was told that her little girl had just 20 hours to live - unless she got a liver transplant. 

A liver was found for Ali, who had a rare, genetic liver disease, and UW Health Dr. Anthony D'Alessandro performed the life-saving transplant surgery.

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Now a teenager, Ali is a vocal advocate for organ donation, appearing in public service announcements and speaking to driver's education classes.

She also has formed a great friendship with Dr. D'Alessandro, whom she calls "Dr. Tony." The two danced together at the National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin's Spotlight on Life Gala in January 2012, performing a combination of cha-cha, rumba and salsa.