A two-year-old Filipino boy arrives tomorrow for a life-saving liver transplant at Queen Mary Hospital. Mark Jairus Mendoza's family is appealing for donors to help them raise about $300,000 to meet the $1 million bill for the transplant. The 30-month-old boy was born with biliary artesia, the absence of ducts that drain bile from the liver. Without a transplant he would die, said his mother, Lyden. Mrs Mendoza, who will donate part of her liver, said she chose Hong Kong because there was no liver paediatric transplant team in the Philippines. The University of Hong Kong liver transplant team is world-renowned. 'We are hoping for a miracle. My son has been critical twice and he survived. There must be a reason,' Mrs Mendoza said from Manila. 'I am excited because we have been waiting for this transplant so our youngest son can be cured. 'I have told my four other children that we will only have a few days to wait. It will be our last fight for Mark.' When he was two months old, Mark underwent the Kasai procedure at the public Philippine General Hospital in Manila. It failed. His only hope is the transplant. Since the boy's plight was reported on Philippine national television last December, money has poured in from Filipinos nationwide and abroad. But the funds raised still fall short of the $1 million required by Queen Mary Hospital, said Mrs Mendoza. 'So far, from our savings and donations, we were able to deposit $729,000 to Queen Mary Hospital's account. So we are still short of $270,000,' she said. 'We are taking our chances, as we will have two months to raise the money. I was told there is a big Filipino community here,' she said, adding that for personal expenses in Hong Kong they have US$600. The family's airfares have been paid by a donor. A Catholic Church-run shelter has offered to house Ronaldo Mendoza while his son and wife are in hospital. Their four older children, aged from seven to 11, are in the care of their in-laws in the Philippines. Philippine vice-consul Noel Novicio, who heads the Assistance to Nationals Unit, said the consulate would provide transport to take Mark and his mother from the airport to the hospital. As non-residents, Mark and Lyden Mendoza will be charged the full costs of the medical operation and hospital stay. Locals pay just $50 on admission and $100 a day for general acute beds.