Ho Chi Minh City infant recovers from liver transplant

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Vietnamese and Belgium doctors transplant part of a mother's liver to her 1-year-old baby in Ho Chi Minh City on September 4, 2014, Photo credit: Tuoi Tre Vietnamese and Belgium doctors transplant part of a mother's liver to her 1-year-old baby in Ho Chi Minh City on September 4, 2014, Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

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A healthy Ho Chi Minh City baby was discharged over a month after receiving part of his mother’s liver.
The 13-month-old P.N.M.H. was sent home after gaining weight, Tuoi Tre newspaper quoted doctors as saying on Friday.
H.’s mother recovered soon after the procedure on September 4.
The procedure marked the eighth liver transplant performed by doctors at the Ho Chi Minh City Children’s Hospital No.2, one of the leading pediatrics facilities in the city.
Doctors from Saint Luc Hospital of Belgium assisted in the operation.
The baby suffered transplant rejection a week later, but doctors effectively intervened.
H. was undernourished, weighing 7.7 kilograms before the surgery, with yellow skin and a swollen belly caused by an infected liver and spleen.
The baby was born with an atrophied bile duct. The resulting cirrhosis caused a dangerous bacterial infection and pneumonia, putting the baby’s life at risk, doctors said.
A large number of babies in Vietnam require liver transplants at birth, due to congenital bile duct defects.
Usually only parents are willing to donate and sometimes their health prohibits them from doing so, doctors said.
 

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