10-month baby undergoes liver transplant in HCMC

Doctors in Ho Chi Minh City saved the life of 10-month-old girl child Le Anh Minh Khue by performing a liver transplant yesterday.

The child from Dong Nai Province suffered from liver failure, and doctors at Children Hospital 2 removed the organ and replaced it with 270 grams of liver donated by her mother in a 10-hour surgery.

She is the youngest patient in the country to undergo a successful liver transplant.

The hospital’s Professor Tran Dong A said the patient had been diagnosed with congenital bilary atresia, a disease of the bile duct, and operated upon when just two and a half months old.

But it had not brought in the desired effect and doctors decided to do another surgery because it is a potentially fatal condition.

Two doctors and a nurse from Belgium assisted with the surgery.

The hospital has, in the past, performed liver transplants on many children aged below two, all of whom are now doing well.

By Kim Lien - Translated by Anh Quan

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