#OrganDonation: Grandmother donates part of her liver to save the life of her grandson

In a living donor liver transplantation, the grandmother of the child donated a part of her liver in order to help save her ailing grandson. Doctors at Fortis Hospital claimed that the baby boy is one of the youngest babies to have undergone Liver Transplant in Maharashtra. The nine-month-old baby has made a successful recovery and has been discharged from the hospital  

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The Kundu family, residents of Raipur were blessed with a baby boy, Piyush, at a private hospital in Kolkata. However, soon after his birth, the baby was diagnosed with jaundice. Tests were conducted and doctors at the hospital diagnosed the baby with biliary atresia, a disease in which the bile ducts outside and inside the liver are scarred and blocked.

The family sought further treatment for their baby at multiple hospitals in Andhra Pradesh and Bangalore, where the doctors reached a conclusion that baby required liver transplant as lifesaving procedure.

Considering the high cost involved in the Liver Transplantation procedure, family was in two minds, until they met Dr Swapnil Sharma, Consultant, Liver Transplant & HPB Surgery, Fortis Hospital, Mulund.

Dr Sharma explained the procedure to family and comforted them about financial help that could be arranged through various trusts and platforms.

The baby’s mother consented for the liver transplant, and the baby’s mother, aunt and grandmother immediately travelled to Mumbai for the surgery.

The patient was shifted to the paediatric ICU at Fortis Hospital, Mulund. Upon evaluation, it was noted that the child was severely jaundiced and had a chest infection. The child was managed in PICU by paediatric intensivist team led by Dr Jesal Sheth.

In the next two weeks,  the child was managed with antibiotics, aggressive physiotherapy and nutritional supplements. He was now fit for transplant in short span, with tremendous efforts from Dr Jesal Sheth and her team.

The team comprising of Dr Gaurav Gupta, Consultant, Liver Transplant and HPB Surgery and Dr Swapnil Sharma, Consultant, Liver Transplant and HPB Surgery, evaluated Piyush’s grandmother, and found her fit for Liver donation.

Piyush underwent Liver transplant on September 10, 2019; the surgery although challenging, was uneventful.

The next few days are challenging in managing such small babies; with coordinated efforts from the entire transplant team. Piyush had an accelerated and uneventful recovery.

Speaking about his current medical condition, Dr Swapnil Sharma, Consultant, Liver Transplant &
Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary (HPB) Surgery, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, said, “The baby responded very well to the procedure. At the time of transplant, the baby weighed 5.5kgs; good outcomes in liver transplant patient under 10 kgs remains a challenge even at the best of centres worldwide. Our medical team beat all odds and carried out the transplant successfully,” he added.

Dr Gaurav Gupta, Consultant – Liver Transplant & HPB Surgery, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, said, “At 5.5kg, this child was one of the youngest babies to have undergone Liver Transplant in Maharashtra; this is a medical feat in itself. This achievement could not have been possible without concerted efforts from all team members. We are thankful to everyone who helped this child undergo a Liver Transplant, and for giving Piyush a new life”.

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Speaking about this feat, Dr S. Narayani, Zonal Director, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, said, “I’m proud of my team for having achieved this milestone. We are proud to be amongst the top hospitals in Western India to offer this life saving procedure for very small children. We are delighted that our youngest patient to have received a liver transplant is all set to go back home”.

Speaking about the condition of her child, Piyush’s mother, said, “We had lost all hope when his condition worsened; seeing him in pain was agonizing. We are very thankful to Dr Sharma and Dr Gupta who treated my baby; we are now all set to go back home. I was worried if my child will ever be able to go to school; with this surgery, he will be able to go to school and enjoy his life to the fullest.”