NEW DELHI: A five-year-old Pakistani girl got a new lease of life after undergoing liver transplant operation in India.
Fortis Hospital, Noida and Fortis Foundation (FF) supported a lifesaving liver transplant surgery on the girl, Anabiya, who was suffering from Hyperoxaluria Type-1 — a rare condition among children, which requires the transplant of a liver.
The surgery was conducted by a team of clinicians led by Dr. Vivek Vij, director of the liver transplant programme at Fortis Hospital in Noida.
The patient came to consult Dr. Vij with complaints of recurrent abdominal pain during an outpatient department (OPD) programme.
After investigations, the condition of Hyperoxaluria Type-1 was detected.
This is a condition when bilateral renal stones are formed and oxalate deposition takes place in other parts of the body.
“I assessed Anabiya’s health at an outstation OPD in Pakistan. Lack of awareness, incorrect diagnosis and various factors had prevented her caregivers from accessing the right treatment. We were able to diagnose the problem, a rare problem in children, for which a liver transplant is the only treatment. With the team’s support at Fortis, the surgery was successful and the patient responded well to the treatment and has been discharged,” said Dr. Vij.
Anabiya belongs to an underprivileged section of the society and they requested for financial support for her treatment.
The surgery was successfully conducted after her father, Mansoor Hussain donated a portion of his liver and Anabiya is ready to go back home.
Her father runs a small general store and mother Shaista Mansoor is a homemaker.
Jasbir Grewal, head of Fortis foundation, said, “Many children are deprived of the opportunity to access proper medical aid at an early stage due to lack of resources and knowledge on the part of their caregivers. Timely and correct detection can enable a child to live a healthy and full life.
“We, at FF, support those children by increasing the level of health awareness, running preventive and detection programmes and help them to get back the healthy life,” Grewal added.
Expressing gratitude, Hussain said, “We are thankful to Dr. Vij for giving our daughter a new lease of life. We remain grateful for the support provided by the Hospital.”