05 October 2010
New Delhi, India
Eight-month-old Akshu weighed only 5 kg. She was suffering from liver failure caused by congenital absence of bile ducts and needed a liver transplant to survive. The only hurdle was her young age and small size.
On September 23, Army Hospital (R&R) at the Delhi Cantt successfully operated on Akshu, transplanting a portion of her father’s liver in her to give the little girl a lease of life. Akshu has now become the youngest and smallest child to have undergone such a surgery.
The operation was conducted by Brigadier Anupam Shah and his team of doctors.
Akshu, daughter of Anil Kumar who is a jawan in the Army, was admitted to the hospital for jaundice and intestinal bleeding.
According to the Army Hospital officials, the complicated operation lasted for about 9 hours. They added that the child is recovering and could be discharged from the hospital in a week.
So far, the hospital that specialises in liver transplantation of the deceased, has successfully performed 46 liver transplants, including seven pediatric liver transplants.
Lt-Gen Naresh Kumar, Officiating Director General of Armed Forces Medical Services, said that the Liver Transplant Center at Army Hospital is the pioneer in such operations.
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