8-year-old from Mauritius gets liver donation from his mother
Till early this year, 8-year-old Jean Marie Leveilli, a native of Mauritius, was a playful child, but suddenly he started losing his appetite and slowly stopped doing his routine work. He even stopped playing with his friends. He was taken to a local hospital, which confirmed that his liver was damaged. But, the doctors there were not able to diagnose the exact reasons for the damaged liver.
Dr Sikora added: "Lot of water was collected in his abdomen, the liver had damaged beyond a limit and he was not able to do his routine work. The main vein which supplies blood to the liver was also blocked, this happens in rare cases. It made the case more complicated."
Only option left with Jean was to undergo liver transplant and his mother Marie, who was accompanying him readily agreed to donate a part of her liver. She was found eligible for the donation. Surgery was performed last month and Jean was kept under observation for about three weeks.
The procedure involved removing the diseased liver, replacing the IVC with a vascular graft and then the donor liver from the mother was implanted in the child. Arteries, which supply blood to the liver, were reconstructed using a vein graft, under a microscope.
"Jean was born healthy but he slowly started to show signs of vomiting and loss of appetite. He was taken to a local hospital in Mauritius where they were not able to identify the cause and given Jean only a few months to live as his x ray showed lot of water accumulated which was fatal," said Marie.
Source: The Times of India
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