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It was only a matter of time before Chad and Debbie Glaserís infant son Ethan - who was diagnosed with a serious liver disease at 2 months old - would need a transplant.

The target date was Ethanís second birthday. Meanwhile, the medical staff in the gastroenterology division of Women & Childrenís Hospital of Buffalo did whatever it could to increase his chances for a successful transplant, including performing 15 endoscopies to control his end-stage liver failure.

Today, Ethan is a healthy 11-year-old boy.

The case is indicative of the type of care that resulted in todayís announcement that Women and Childrenís is listed among the nationís ďBest Childrenís HospitalsĒ for its pediatric gastroenterology department, according to a U.S. News & World Report ranking in its 2012-13 special edition of Best Hospitals.

ďThey really helped bridge a gap in assisting getting him big enough and strong enough in hopes of getting him ready for a liver transplant,Ē Chad Glaser said today at a news conference as the hospital announced it is was ranked 48th out of nearly 200 hospitals.

This is the second year in a row the hospital has made the list. Last year, it earned the national distinction in two categories: 48th in pediatric neurology/neurosurgery and 46th in cancer care for children.



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