My mother would suffer bouts of unconsciousness and remain in that state for a few days. It was due to a dysfunctional liver. In October 2014, we registered with the Zonal Coordination Committee of Karnataka for Transplantation (ZCCK). Our prayers were answered when doctors safely transplanted the baby’s liver into my mother’s body, for his parents, the child is still alive in my mother”, said the recipient’s son
Doctors at Apollo Hospitals, who operated on the patient, told that the ages of the donor and recipient made the surgery even more challenging. “What matters most in an organ transplant is the compatibility of the organ, based on its size. In an adult’s body, the liver is about 1.5% of the total body weight. In a child’s body, the percentage is much higher. We had to make sure the recipient’s body weight increases by not more than 0.8 to 1% of the total body weight. These calculations are extremely meticulous and the decisions are taken by a panel of surgeons,” said Dr.Mahesh Goppasetty , Liver transplant surgeon, Apollo hospitals, Chennai.