This could have been the best Eid gift for the parents of two children who were discharged from Medanta hospital here after undergoing liver transplant. Both the operations were conducted in August.
Six-month-old Zobia from Raigarh in Chhattisgarh was suffering from chronic biliary disease and needed liver transplant. Her mother, Salma, donated a part of her liver. Her father, Javed Khan, looked elated taking his daughter back home.
Dr Neelam Mohan, director, department of paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and liver transplant said Zobia weighed only 5kg when she was brought to the hospital. Besides, she was suffering from vitamin and mineral deficiencies. The transplant was carried out when her weight improved to 5.8 kg.
Chief liver transplant surgeon Dr AS Soin conducted the operation on August 12. He said, “It was a challenging case. Zobia has recovered fast. Her health is the greatest Eid gift for her family.”
Another patient, 9-year-old Ali Shaheer Malik from Lahore in Pakistan was also suffering from chronic liver ailment.
His mother, Zonobia Zafar, a gynaecologist herself, said she was fortunate to get an Indian medical visa soon and get her son treated.
Dr Neelam Mohan said, "At the time of admission, he was stuporose with electrolyte imbalance, acidosis and infection. We took four days to stabilise his condition. Only after that, we carried out the transplant."
Dr Soin said, "The transplant was conducted on August 8. His uncle, Kashif Malik, donated a part of his liver to the child."