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Toddler back on life support after liver transplant

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Levi Smith has been struggling for every breath of his young life. The 15-month-old was born with a rare liver disease that strikes one in 33,000 children. For months, the family has been waiting and praying for a donor liver. Without it, Levi would die.

On April 21 those prayers were answered, when Levi received the liver of a baby who had died hours earlier.

After a 16-hour surgery, it appeared that Levi's body was accepting his new liver. By Monday afternoon, Levi was showing signs of rejection. Levi's grandmother, Kayren Beasley, talked to Channel 4 News about the turnaround in her grandson's condition.

"He was building up thick yellow fluid in his lungs, which caused one of the lungs to collapse. He was also unable to cough. He got to the point where he couldn't breath on his own, he was put back on life support," said Beasley.

While the family keeps an around-the-clock vigil on Levi at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital, it's Levi's mother, Andrea, who is suffering emotionally and physically, helplessly watching her son struggle for life.

"She is down to 90 pounds, she just sits and cries, unable to eat or sleep. She is having a pretty rough time," said Beasley.

Doctors are monitoring Levi every minute. They have told the family they will have to take it hour by hour.

Beasley told Channel 4 News she is praying, "Begging God to lay his hands on Levi."

If you'd like to help the Smith family with mounting medical bills, visit:

Donations can also be made through the mail:

Levi Smith - Team Levi
P.O. Box 218281
Nashville, TN 37221

Life Credit Union
Benita Harp, Vice President
2010 Church Street, Suite 204
Nashville, TN 37203

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