International case of Biliary atresia solved through liver transplant

The Fortis Memorial Research Institute came to the rescue of this couple from New Zealand and conducted a liver transplant surgery.

Published: 16th June 2017 03:46 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th June 2017 03:46 AM   |  A+A-

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NEW DELHI: “When we lost hope, the door of life opened to us in India” said the father of a six month old boy who was diagnosed with a rare case of Biliary Atresia causing a condition in which the bile duct has not developed completely and is blocked.
 
The Fortis Memorial Research Institute came to the rescue of this couple from New Zealand and conducted a liver transplant surgery after the parents approached the hospital.  
 
“All the way from Samoa Island to Fortis Memorial Research Institute covering 8,000 miles, I traveled with my wife and a six month old son Azhariah,” said the mother who was present along with their saviors Vivek Vij and Ajitabh Srivastava.
 
Stating that the New Zealand doctors refused to take the case considering is to be a failure already, made the family head towards India.
 
“Children with the foetal form of biliary atresia are more likely to require liver transplants, usually sooner rather than later. The need for a transplant is decided by the extent of damage and how badly the liver is diseased. Pediatric patients account for about 12.5 percent of liver transplant recipients. Biliary atresia is reason for transplant in pediatric age group in 50 percent of patients” Vij informed the press on Thursday.

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