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7 years after kidney transplant, Kolkata boy gets new liver

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A 13-year-old Kolkata boy underwent liver transplant surgery at a Chennai hospital, seven years after he had a kidney transplant. Sayak Chatterjee suffered from a rare disorder that led to growth of multiple cysts in his liver and kidney. The boy was transplanted a kidney when he was only six years old.
However, recurrent infection along with jaundice worsened his condition, requiring frequent hospitalisation for liver care. His parents finally took him to Rela Hospital in Chennai where paediatric liver specialist Naresh Shanmugam diagnosed the condition as cirrhosis and portal hypertension (pressure in the vein inside the abdomen).
Professor Mohamed Rela reviewed the boy and suggested a liver transplant.

Even as parents consented for the transplant, none of them were found suitable to donate the organ. Sayak’s name was then enlisted for cadaver donation transplant. He had to wait for six months to get the organ. “This is a classic example for the power of organ donation. The boy’s initial recovery in the ICU was complex but later he recovered well,”said Rela.

“After transplant the boy is doing well. He has been discharged 11 days after his transplant surgery,” said Shanmugam.
Due to his condition Sayak mostly had to miss going to school. The doctors are hopeful of the boy’s return to classes once again as and when schools reopen.

Source: Times of India

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