Kochi: In a significant medical breakthrough and a first in the world, a dual live-donor transplant was performed on a 20-month-old girl, who weighs just seven kgs by doctors at a hospital in Kochi on Saturday.
The toddler got a new lease of life after the doctors performed a complex surgery where live-donor liver and kidney transplant took place simultaneously.
Mathew Jacob, Consultant Liver and Abdominal Multi-Organ Transplant Surgeon at Aster Medcity, Kochi, Kerala said,’This is the first time in the world that a dual live-donor liver and kidney transplant surgery has been performed in such a small child.’
Baby Parvathy was first diagnosed with a chronic kidney problem when she was just three months old. She had Primary Hyperoxaluria Type 1 — a very rare condition wherein the deficiency of a liver enzyme called AGXT leads to abnormal spike in blood oxalate levels, which in turn causes permanent kidney damage.
The doctors were determined …