New Delhi. An eight-year-old girl suffering from Wilson’s disease has been successfully liver transplanted at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital. This girl was admitted to Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in a state of coma at around 8 pm on 25 March. Along with the admission, the girl’s dialysis and plasma exchange therapy was started, so that copper could be removed from her body. Along with this, the parents of the child were asked to get the liver transplant done immediately.
A panel of doctors was constituted for liver transplant under the leadership of Dr. Anupam Sibal, Group Medical Director and Senior Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Apollo Hospitals, Dr. Smita Malhotra, Dr. Karunesh Kumar (Consultant, Pediatric Gastroenterology V), Dr. , Dr. Varun M, Dr. Pradeep Kumar (Consultants, Liver Transplant) and Dr. Raman R (Anesthetist). The girl’s mother decided to donate the liver and preparations for the liver transplant were started.
Due to non-availability of a compatible blood group donor before the operation, ABO-compatible emergency liver donor live transplant was planned. The successful liver transplant operation was completed on 27 March. Two days after the operation, the girl regained consciousness and was removed from the ventilator. It is the result of the efforts of the doctors of Indraprastha Apollo Hospital that a new life has been given to the 8-year-old girl and soon she will be able to live her life as normal as other children.
First Emergency ABP Incompatible TranspLant
According to Dr. Anupam Sibal, in view of the critical condition of the girl, she was immediately shifted to the ventilator. Due to the donor being ABO incompatible, both the pre-surgery test and then the transplant surgery were extremely difficult. Despite this, live liver transplant was done within 31 hours with the help of Emergency ABP Incompatible Transplant. So far, 432 pediatric liver transplants have been performed under Apollo’s Liver Transplant Program, in which this was the first case of an emergency ABP incompatible transplant with a relative donor of the patient.
What is Wilson’s disease
According to Dr. Nirav Goel, Senior Consultant (Liver Transplantus), Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, Wilson’s is a rare genetic disease in which excess copper accumulates in the body. For its treatment, the patient has to depend on medicines for the rest of his life. In some cases of Wilson’s children go into coma due to liver failure. In Wilson’s disease, the mortality rate in children is about 100 percent when they go into a coma. He told that the symptoms of Wilson’s disease are very serious. If it is not treated in time, the condition can be fatal.