Mallshopper, you sent me to the Taber's medical encyclopedia for that one. I found that alpha-1 antitrypsin (note spelling) deficiency is a rare, inherited disorder that is associated with early development of emphysema and also with early development of hepatitis in infants. So I suspect she had developed hepatitis when young and it progressed to end-stage liver disease.
I hope she will feel better after her hospitalization.
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