Infant gets new lease of life with liver transplant as mother turns donor in Kochi- The New Indian Express

By Express News Service

KOCHI: A six-month-old child from Lakshadweep underwent a profitable liver transplant surgical procedure on the VPS Lakeshore Hospital in Kochi. Fathima Filza, daughter of Mohammed Fathahuddin A P and Sareena Okay C, was affected by congenital liver illness that demanded an early liver transplant for her to outlive.

Despite many hurdles, together with the Covid pandemic and the journey restrictions to maneuver out of Lakshadweep, the surgical procedure was carried out efficiently by the Comprehensive Liver Care crew on the hospital. Fathima’s mother Sareena was the donor, and in line with the hospital authorities, each the kid and mother are doing nicely. They have been discharged on Saturday. 

Belonging to Androth island in Lakshadweep, the child had signs of jaundice together with yellow eyes and darkish urine shortly after beginning and was identified with biliary atresia. In spite of a surgical procedure when she was two months previous, her situation worsened quickly on account of recurrent infections. 

“Liver transplant in infants is a difficult and troublesome process, particularly in infants so small,” stated Dr Abhishek Yadav, chief liver transplant surgeon and director of the Comprehensive Liver Care Institute at Lakeshore.

“One problem we confronted was the very small and undeveloped portal vein, the principle blood provide to the new liver. The surgeons overcame this drawback by modifying a stent initially designed for neck vessels in adults and inserting it contained in the baby’s portal vein through the surgical procedure.

The second drawback was a variation in the hepatic veins of the mother which was overcome by utilizing a chunk of blood vessel harvested from a brain-dead donor at Thiruvananthapuram. She can be the smallest child to endure portal vein stenting which is just obtainable in two or three centres throughout the nation,” he stated. VPS Lakeshore can be one of the few centres in the world to have successful fee of over 90% in paediatric liver transplantation, hospital authorities stated.

Along with Dr Abhishek, a crew of over 25 medical doctors — together with Dr Navaneethan Subrahmanian, Dr Fadal Veerankutty, Dr Dharav Kheradia and Dr Nita George — and different help workers have been concerned in the child’s remedy.

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