A 3-year-old child from Dhaka has come back to consciousness after he gets his mother’s liver in a critical liver transplant surgery in New Delhi’s Indraprastha Apollo Hospital.
Delhi Apollo in a statement said Aman Jawad Uddin showed the symptoms of jaundice at the end of August. His condition deteriorated fast, and he was admitted to a hospital in Dhaka on Sept 11.
A diagnosis of acute liver failure due to Hepatitis-A was made in Dhaka, but his condition deteriorated to such an extent that he went into a coma.
The family was told that the child needed an urgent liver transplant.
The family contacted Apollo Hospital in Delhi, and an aircraft was immediately arranged while the Indian High Commission issued a visa in “record time”.
His mother, Tanjim Raha’s liver, was found to be appropriate for donation and 36 hours after arriving in Delhi on Sept 20, the child underwent a “living related liver transplant”.
“The liver transplant was successful, and by the 5th day after the operation, he started recognising his parents and speaking,” the hospital said.
Dr Anupam Sibal, Group Medical Director, Apollo Hospitals Group, said: “It was a very critical case because the child was already in Stage 3 Hepatic Encephalopathy.”
“This meant that his liver was not removing the toxins from his body which were damaging his brain function,” he was quoted as saying in a statement.
“With his condition deteriorating fast, an emergency liver transplantation was the only treatment to save the life of the boy. We were pleased that Aman made a remarkable recovery and he was discharged in three weeks.”
The first successful liver transplant in India was performed at Apollo Hospitals Delhi in 1998. Since then more than 2,900 liver transplants have been performed at Apollo of which 235 have been in children.
Birdem Hospital in Bangladesh first started liver transplant in 2010 on a limited scale.