Life with total parenteral nutrition
Peter was born with an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) in his liver, meaning his veins and arteries weren’t connected properly. When he was just seven months old, the AVM completely disrupted the blood flow to his liver and small intestine, causing multiple holes in his small intestine. He became gravely ill after that. Peter receives all his nutrients intravenously (IV), through a medication called total parenteral nutrition (TPN). In this blog, Peter's mother describes a typical day caring for Peter.