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The Tanner family outside their rural Morris home. In front are Erin and Ethan, and in back are Robert, Amber and Emma.

Erin Tanner almost had a new liver on Thursday.

Erin Tanner was born with a rare liver disease called biliary atresia and For all her nine years, Erin has battled the serious but rare disease of the liver that affects one in 10,000 children.

According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, the cause of biliary atresia is not known, and treatments are only partially successful and it is the most common reason for liver transplantation in children in the United States and most of the Western world.

On Thursday, Erin's mother, Amber, got the call they'd been waiting for, that a donor liver was available for a transplant. They traveled to Twin Cities but alas, Erin is still waiting for a transplant.

According to her grandmother, Tina Didreckson, there were complications with the donor and Erin was not able to receive a new liver.

"She's back at school today," Didreckson reported.

"It's hard not to be disappointed," she added. "But there's a very short window of opportunity for a liver transplant."

However, Didreckson said the fundraising efforts for the family have been very successful. Turnout for the spaghetti supper at the school was outstanding and the pot luck also had good support. Didreckson said the family is very thankful for all of the help.