Mother's liver saves 1-year old daughter

Update: September, 06/2014 - 09:28

HCM CITY (VNS)— Doctors at Children Hospital No.2 in HCM City on Thursday successfully transplanted a liver from a mother into her one-year-old daughter.

The patient, from District 8, had cirrhosis with life-threatening complications, said Nguyen Cam Tu from the hospital's Digestive Diseases Unit.

The doctors, aided by doctors from Belgium's Saint-Luc University Clinic, began the surgery at 9:30 am using a 250-gramme liver section taken from the baby's 29-year-old mother.

The baby was later transferred to an intensive care unit for post-transplant care. The mother regained consciousness after nine-and-a-half-hours of surgery.

Doctors will monitor the baby's health for the next three months.

The operation was the eighth of its kind carried out at the hospital. The first was peformed in 2005. — VNS