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10-year-old Pak girl gets liver, life

After doctors in Pak gave up, Sania's family informed two doctors at the Sir Gangaram Hospital about the girl's condition and came to Delhi, reports Vidya Krishnan.

india Updated: Nov 15, 2006 02:54 IST

Sania came to Delhi hoping doctors here would remove a rapidly growing tumour in her liver after doctors in Karachi said they cannot cure her.

That was four months ago.

Now, the 10-year-old is excited about returning home after doctors removed the 1.5-kg tumour earlier this month.

"I love to paint and wish to return to school," said the Class IV student, who leaves for Karachi on Wednesday.

After doctors in Pakistan said they cannot cure her, Sania's family informed two doctors at the Sir Gangaram Hospital here about the girl's condition via internet and, satisfied with the response they got, came to Delhi in July.

"The tumor was occupying most part of her liver and had been growing over the last seven months. Fortunately, it had not spread outside the liver: to any other part of the body," said Dr Neelam Mohan, paediatric hepatologist at Sir Gangaram Hospital. "The only option was transplant surgery but she weighed just 20 kg, so operating her was risky."

With her parents suffering from chronic Hepatitis C, a liver infection, her aunt was called in to donate a part of her liver," said Dr AS Soin, transplant surgeon at Sir Gangaram Hospital.

Not only was the tumour removed, Sania has also gained over eight kilos since the operation.


First Published: Nov 15, 2006 02:54 IST