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Esther Liu, 12, is a normal kid with extraordinary circumstances. Ten years ago, while her Navy family was stationed in Italy, Esther suffered a cardiac arrest due to undiagnosed idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Despite having a medical background, her mother, Michelle Liu, M.D., felt uninformed about Esther’s diagnosis and turned to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) for important resources and guidance.

Esther received a double lung transplant in 2014 and travels with her mom around the world to speak with physicians and families about her transplant experience. Dr. Liu is the leader of the D.C. Pediatric PH Support Group where she advocates for children and families affected by pulmonary hypertension (PH). She also serves on PHA’s Board of Trustees.

“With your support, patients like Esther can get diagnosed earlier than ever, receive better treatments and look forward to a cure for PH,” Dr. Liu says.

Join Esther, Michelle and their family in supporting our work in PH education, research and critical care by donating to PHA today.

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Join the Liu Family in Supporting PHA

The Liu family was vacationing in the Netherlands in 2012 when their 2-year-old daughter, Esther, had a heart attack. Two days later, she was diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension, with an unknown cause. Since then, she has received a double lung transplant and travels all over the world with her mother Michelle, a physician and Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) board member, to share their PH journey. Dr. Liu, shares that story as part of PHA’s fall fundraising campaign.

Help 11-Year-Old Baseball Player Strike Out PH

When Tyler Garigen was diagnosed with PH, he was only 4 years old. Thanks to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA), he and his family found hope for the future. “I can’t imagine living with PH without all the help from PHA.,” he says. Tyler, the face of PHA’s 30th anniversary fall fundraising campaign, encourages the PH community to help PHA continue providing support, education and research.