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Recipient of liver transplant completes 1 year

Recipient of liver transplant completes 1 year
2-year-old Rizwan Ali at Apollo Hospital, Kolkata.
Kolkata, Sep 30 | Publish Date: 9/30/2020 1:08:51 PM IST

Rizwan Ali runs around his home in Barasat untiringly like any other two-year-old but one look at him bounding off fills his mother with wonder because exactly one year ago, Rizwan Ali he had undergone liver transplant at Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, and his mother  was the donor.  

Twelve months on, Rizwan, who is the youngest liver transplant survivor of eastern India, could hardly sit still during a programme at Apollo, where he was the cynosure of all eyes. The mother, who had also recovered much faster has long back returned to her daily household chores.  

On the same day, the Apollo Gleneagles introduced the first in-house, dedicated liver transplant unit at any hospital in eastern India. Led by transplant surgeon Dr. Ramdip Ray, the team comprises vastly experienced surgeons Dr. Sumit Gulati and Dr. SupriyoGhatak.  

Rizwan used to suffer from a congenital defect called extrahepatic biliary atresia. This is a condition where the bile formed in the liver does not flow into the intestine due to absence of bile ducts, leading to gradual and irreversible liver damage and subsequent development of infantile cirrhosis of liver. The only option for him was to get a liver transplant.  

When the family learnt this, the mother, Rina Bibi, then 27 years old, did not bat an eyelid before willing to donate her liver to gift her son a new life.  The boy’s father sells vegetables and his mother  Rina Bibi is a housewife who also have an elder daughter

“Before the transplant, my son’s urine was deep yellow and stool white. He used to cry literally all the time and could not sleep at all. When we learnt about his problem we thought we would lose him. I am glad we opted for transplant because today my boy has recovered fully,” said the boy’s mother RinaBibi, 28. 

According to paediatric gastroenterologist Dr Subhamoy Das: “It is crucial that parents are able to recognize signs of biliary atresia- which includes a deep yellow urine and whitish stool. The earlier the condition is diagnosed, better the outcome. This child was on the verge of death when he was brought to us. All the same, I would like to laud the boy’s mother for her selflessness as she had readily agreed to be the donor.”   

Recognition of the condition is challenging because the symptoms manifests themselves when babies are just a few months old, an age at which they cannot express themselves and crying may not be comprehended to be indicative of pain by many parents.  

In this instance, the boy had developed a viral lung infection post the transplant surgery and his condition had turned serious but a multi-disciplinary team at Apollo Gleneagles was able to cure him.  

“Liver transplant is the last bit of hope for many people suffering from end stage disease across age groups. While at Apollo Gleneagles we have successfully carried out liver transplants for many years now, the need of the hour was to have a dedicated team of surgeons capable of conducting liver transplants. I am proud to announce that we now have an exceptionally talented team led by Dr. Ramdip Ray. He is ably complimented by Dr. Sumit Gulati and Dr. Supriyo Ghatak. We are also fortunate to have a very talented GI Liver transplant intesivist in Dr. Indrajeet Tiwary,” said Dr. Mahesh Kumar Goenka, director, Institute of Gastrosciences and Liver, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata.  

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