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One year later, India’s youngest liver transplant survivor going strong

delhi Updated: Oct 11, 2009 23:31 IST
Rythma Kaul

Play any piece of music, and toddler Suvojit perks up to to its beat.

An year ago, he would have barely stirred.

Suvojit Pal underwent a liver transplant when we was just seven months old.

“His condition was so bad that we weren't even sure whether our baby would survive a year,” said Mun Mun Dubey Pal, Suvojit's mother, a Kolkata-based lawyer.

According to the doctors at New Delhi's Indraprastha Apollo hospital, where the surgery was conducted, he was then the youngest baby in the country to undergo a liver transplant.

Survojit was born with Biliary Atresia, a rare condition in which the liver and intestine are not connected.

If not treated on time, this condition can eventually lead to liver cirrhosis.

It took a team of 24 specialists 12 hours to conduct the transplant and give Suvojit a new lease of life.

Today, the baby is leading life like any other normal one-and-a-half-year-old.

"Suvojit is an example for those who suspect that one becomes a cripple for life after a transplant surgery,” said Dr Anupam Sibal, group medical director of Apollo hospital, who was also a part of the team of doctors who conducted the surgery.

“We want to shatter this myth. You can lead an absolutely normal life post-surgery, however, certain precautions need to be taken."

The post-transplant precautions are the same for any child, like taking care of food habits, personal hygiene etc.